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[kwee-es-uh nt, kwahy-] /kwiˈɛs ənt, kwaɪ-/
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 forms
quiescently, adverb
quiescence, quiescency, noun
Can be confused
quiescent, quiet.
dormant, latent. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quiescence
  • South could draw several inferences from the opponents' quiescence.
  • With his stable home life, his overt spirituality and his affability, he comes across as a model of quiescence.
  • The reasons for the unusual quiescence of inflation over the past decade are keenly debated.
  • The impact of this downturn is quieter-a kind of quiescence.
  • But then he settled back into a curiously unpredictable pattern of alternating quiescence and conviction.
  • Despair, denial and an awful, endemic quiescence have seeped into their souls.
  • Geysers go through periods of activity and quiescence.
  • Or to put it another way, the music is imprinted by such precise attention to dynamic control that a strange quiescence results.
  • Indeed, nervous rulers have been less keen to offer real reform than simply to bribe the population into quiescence.
  • These periods of demographic tumult were framed by relative quiescence.
British Dictionary definitions for quiescence


quiet, inactive, or dormant
Derived Forms
quiescence, quiescency, noun
quiescently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin quiescere to rest
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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.)).

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quiescence in Medicine

quiescent qui·es·cent (kwē-ěs'ənt, kwī-)
Being quiet, still, or at rest; inactive.

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