[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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Contemporary Examples of quiescent

Historical Examples of quiescent

  • The Garden City seems to be in a quiescent state at present.

  • It befitted the day, a day outwardly so quiescent, yet in which so much was going on.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • The disease is overcome, quiescent; the wound is healed over.

    The Straw

    Eugene O'Neill

  • Here we saw what Rome was in action, whatever she might be when quiescent.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

    John Henry Cardinal Newman

  • What an awakening from this quiescent state was hers this day!


    Harriet Martineau

British Dictionary definitions for quiescent



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 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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