quiescent

[kwee-es-uhnt, kwahy-]

adjective

being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless: a quiescent mind.

Nearby words

  1. quiddity,
  2. quidnunc,
  3. quids,
  4. quiesce,
  5. quiescence,
  6. quiescent tank,
  7. quiescently,
  8. quiet,
  9. quiet as a mouse,
  10. quiet lung

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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British Dictionary definitions for quiescent

quiescent

adjective

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

quiescent

adj.

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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