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quiescent

[kwee-es-uh nt, kwahy-]
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adjective
  1. 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 formsqui·es·cent·ly, adverbqui·es·cence, qui·es·cen·cy, noun
Can be confusedquiescent quiet

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dormant, latent.
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Examples from the Web for quiescence

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Historical Examples

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for quiescence

quiescent

adjective
  1. quiet, inactive, or dormant
Derived Formsquiescence or quiescency, nounquiescently, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin quiescere to rest
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Word Origin and History for quiescence

n.

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

quiescent

adj.

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

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