quiescence

noun
qui·​es·​cence | \kwī-ˈe-sᵊn(t)s, kwē-\

Definition of quiescence 

: the quality or state of being quiescent

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Synonyms & Antonyms for quiescence

Synonyms

dormancy, idleness, inaction, inactivity, inertness, nonaction

Antonyms

action, activeness, activity

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Examples of quiescence in a Sentence

the resort community's social scene is lively during the summer but undergoes a deep quiescence during the long winter was struck by the elk's quiescence as it just stood there in the clearing

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That long period of quiescence seems to fly in the face of the popular belief that serial rapists and killers are incapable of stopping. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "Do Serial Killers Just Stop? Yes, Sometimes," 26 Apr. 2018 This is straining a 60-year-old covenant, under which the regime provides security, free public services and a tolerable standard of living in return for its people’s quiescence. The Economist, "Cuba bids goodbye to the revolutionary generation," 12 Apr. 2018 But over the next eight years, as solar activity built to a peak and then regressed back toward quiescence, the sun emitted no high-energy gamma rays at all. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "The Sun Is Spitting Out Strange Patterns of Gamma Rays—and No One Knows Why," 28 Mar. 2018 But in the meantime Trump’s party is giving every impression of quiescence. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Republicans Can’t Understand Why Trump Is Acting Guilty," 19 Mar. 2018 The resulting public quiescence can make the status quo seem permanent. Sofia Fenner, Washington Post, "Why Egypt's oldest political party isn't challenging President al-Sissi," 7 Feb. 2018 Institutions famed for their trading prowess, such as Goldman Sachs, have seen profits dented by the quiescence of the markets. The Economist, "ButtonwoodMarket volatility has been low, encouraging risk-taking," 25 Jan. 2018 But his quiescence on the violence in Charlottesville has had, in many ways, a more profound and unsettling effect. Glenn Thrush And Rebecca R. Ruiz, New York Times, "White House Acts to Stem Fallout From Trump’s First Charlottesville Remarks," 13 Aug. 2017 The composer’s 1947 score, for a Merce Cunningham ballet, depicts the seasons winter through fall as quiescence, creation, preservation and destruction (a Prelude to Winter brings it full circle). Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "Tuba takes center stage at San Francisco Symphony," 24 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of quiescence

circa 1631, in the meaning defined above

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quiescence

noun
qui·​es·​cence | \kwī-ˈes-ᵊn(t)s, kwē- \

Medical Definition of quiescence 

: the quality or state of being quiescent

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