1. potential but undeveloped; present in an undeveloped form
1. When he was twenty, he accidentally discovered a latent musical talent when he happened to spend the night in a lodge with a piano, and found himself irresistibly drawn to it.
2. dormant; inactive
2. When his wife died, he suffered a mental breakdown that activated a latent tendency to depression.
latere (lie hidden) (Latin)
regroup the words and spell it as talent. many people have POTENTIAL (talent. )but undeveloped. where as some people HIDE their talent. Latent heat can be seen as heat which is "HIDDEN".