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Pronunciation: la'ten-se


  1. The state of being latent.
  2. In conditioning, or other behavioral experiments, the period of apparent inactivity between the time the stimulus is presented and the moment a response occurs.
  3. In psychoanalysis, the period of time from approximately age 5 years to puberty.

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