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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 quiescent
  • The furious rain dwindles to a rainbow, then cedes to a fiery, quiescent sunset.
  • The eggs hatch into larvae which spin cocoons and enter a quiescent pupa stage.
  • So far, the mood is surprisingly quiescent.
  • During most of its history the earth has been fairly quiescent.
  • Given the miserable state of the world economy, protectionist pressures have been remarkably quiescent.
  • During a quiescent period the sun puts out less energy.
  • The conflict then settled into a quiescent phase for several years.
British Dictionary definitions for quiescent


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 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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quiescent in Medicine

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

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