[kwee-es-uhnt, 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
Related formsqui·es·cent·ly, adverbqui·es·cence, qui·es·cen·cy, noun
Can be confusedquiescent quiet

Synonyms for quiescent

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Related Words for quiescence

inactivity, dormancy, quiet, rest, calm, inaction

Examples from the Web for quiescence

Contemporary Examples of quiescence

  • Rapture was self-transcending, which led to quiescence, tranquility, and catharsis.

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    Why Do We Cry?

    Michael Trimble

    January 10, 2013

  • During that period, there were long pauses and periods of quiescence that could lead one to believe that the revolt had subsided.

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



quiet, inactive, or dormant
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).



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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