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[kwee-es-uh nt, kwahy-] /kwiˈɛs ənt, kwaɪ-/
being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless:
a quiescent mind.
Origin of quiescent
1600-10; < Latin quiēscent- (stem of quiēscēns, present participle of quiēscere), equivalent to qui-, base meaning “rest, quiet” + -ēsc- inchoative suffix + -ent- -ent
Related forms
quiescently, adverb
quiescence, quiescency, noun
Can be confused
quiescent, quiet.
dormant, latent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for quiescence
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  • A period of quiescence then followed, lasting until, we will say, 1865.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • Let me request silence, absolute silence, and quiescence of thought even.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • So when all is known, the stimulus for action ceases; when all is known there is quiescence, nothingness.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • Was there nothing that he could do which would produce for him, if not gratification, then at least quiescence?

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • Their bright eyes were alluring, their quiescence was encouraging.

    When Grandmamma Was New Marion Harland
  • In other instances a recurrence may follow after months or years of quiescence.

  • In quiescence they had allowed the country to become contemptible.

    The Earl of Beaconsfield James Anthony Froude
  • But it was a good place to do work in, for all its quiescence.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for quiescence


quiet, inactive, or dormant
Derived Forms
quiescence, quiescency, noun
quiescently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin quiescere to rest
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Word Origin and History for quiescence

1630s, from Latin quiescentia, from quiescere (see quiescent).



c.1600, from Latin quiescentem (nominative quiescens), present participle of quiescere, inchoative verb formed from quies "rest, quiet" (see quiet (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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quiescence in Medicine

quiescent qui·es·cent (kwē-ěs'ənt, kwī-)
Being quiet, still, or at rest; inactive.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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