[ kwee-es-uhnt, kwahy- ]
/ kwiˈɛs ənt, kwaɪ- /


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 forms

qui·es·cent·ly, adverbqui·es·cence, qui·es·cen·cy, noun

Can be confused

quiescent quiet
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British Dictionary definitions for quiescence


/ (kwɪˈɛsənt) /


quiet, inactive, or dormant

Derived Forms

quiescence or quiescency, nounquiescently, adverb

Word Origin for quiescent

C17: from Latin quiescere to rest
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