- being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless: a quiescent mind.
Origin of quiescent
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Examples from the Web for quiescence
Rapture was self-transcending, which led to quiescence, tranquility, and catharsis.Why Do We Cry?
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.The Crisis in Iran Is Just Beginning
June 22, 2009
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
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
Their bright eyes were alluring, their quiescence was encouraging.When Grandmamma Was New
- quiet, inactive, or dormant
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.)).