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


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

Nearby words

quiddity, quidnunc, quids, quiesce, quiescence, quiescent, quiescent tank, quiescently, quiet, quiet as a mouse, 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
SYNONYMS FOR quiescent
Related formsqui·es·cent·ly, adverbqui·es·cence, qui·es·cen·cy, noun
Can be confusedquiescent quiet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for quiescently

  • He either rids himself of them, or suffers as quiescently as he may.

    He Knew He Was Right|Anthony Trollope
  • Why then does the fire as soon as it has arrived there, not abide there quiescently?

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 1|Plotinos (Plotinus)

British Dictionary definitions for quiescently


/ (kwɪˈɛsənt) /


quiet, inactive, or dormant
Derived Formsquiescence or quiescency, nounquiescently, adverb

Word Origin for quiescent

C17: from Latin quiescere to rest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for quiescently



c.1600, from Latin quiescentem (nominative quiescens), present participle of quiescere, inchoative verb formed from quies "rest, quiet" (see quiet (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper