- /leɪtnt ˈfʌŋkʃən/ (say laytnt 'fungkshuhn)
a function which exists unrecognised within a social attitude or action and which will produce results not previously foreseen: *While the `drop in' rule obviously functioned to assist surfers in avoiding collisions … it also fulfilled a latent function of assisting the clarification of some surf board riding objectives. –kent pearson, 1979.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.
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