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quiescent

[ kwee-es-uhnt, kwahy- ]
/ kwiˈɛs ənt, kwaɪ- /
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adjective
being at rest; inactive or motionless; quiet; still: a quiescent mind.
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Origin of quiescent

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin quiēscent- (stem of quiēscēns, present participle of quiēscere ), equivalent to qui-, base meaning “rest, quiet” + -ēsc- inchoative suffix + -ent- -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM quiescent

qui·es·cent·ly, adverbqui·es·cence [kwee-es-uhns, kwahy-], /kwiˈɛs əns, kwaɪ-/, qui·es·cen·cy, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH quiescent

quiescent , quiet
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British Dictionary definitions for quiescent

quiescent
/ (kwɪˈɛsənt) /

adjective
quiet, inactive, or dormant

Derived forms of quiescent

quiescence or quiescency, nounquiescently, adverb

Word Origin for quiescent

C17: from Latin quiescere to rest
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