- being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless: a quiescent mind.
Origin of quiescent
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Examples from the Web for quiescent
Maybe deep in our brains, a few bacteria are nestled near some quiescent virus and a touch of fetal DNA?Scientists Find Bacteria Where It Isn’t Supposed to Be: The Brain
March 17, 2013
Egypt is no longer the quiescent subordinate partner it once was.Arab League Urges Palestinian-Israelis To Vote
January 21, 2013
The Garden City seems to be in a quiescent state at present.
It befitted the day, a day outwardly so quiescent, yet in which so much was going on.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
The disease is overcome, quiescent; the wound is healed over.The Straw
Here we saw what Rome was in action, whatever she might be when quiescent.Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
What an awakening from this quiescent state was hers this day!Deerbrook
- quiet, inactive, or dormant
Word Origin and History for quiescent
c.1600, from Latin quiescentem (nominative quiescens), present participle of quiescere, inchoative verb formed from quies "rest, quiet" (see quiet (n.)).