latent learning


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la·tent learn·ing

that learning which is not evident to the observer at the time it occurs, but which is inferred from later performance in which learning is more rapid than would be expected without the earlier experience.

latent learning

Etymology: L, latere, to be concealed; ME, lernen
learning acquired unintentionally. It may remain in the subconscious, or be latent, until a need for the knowledge arises.

la·tent learn·ing

(lā'tĕnt lĕrn'ing)
Learning that is not evident to the observer at the time it occurs, but is inferred from later performance in which learning is more rapid than would be expected without the earlier experience.

latent learning

Learning that is inapparent to the individual at the time it occurs, only to become evident later.
See also: learning
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