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[kwee-es-uhnt, kwahy-]
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  1. being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless: a quiescent mind.
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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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Related Words for quiescence

inactivity, dormancy, quiet, rest, calm, inaction

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Historical Examples of quiescence

  • 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


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

Word Origin for quiescent

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


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

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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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