[kwee-es-uh nt, kwahy-]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for quiescently
- quiet, inactive, or dormant
C17: from Latin quiescere to rest
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Word Origin and History for quiescently
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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