qui·​es·​cence | \ kwī-ˈe-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce quiescence (audio) , kwē- How to pronounce quiescence (audio) \

Definition of quiescence

: the quality or state of being quiescent

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
Recent Examples on the Web McCarthy’s cowardly quiescence to Trump — rightly blaming him for the events of Jan. 6, then tucking tail and scurrying to Mar-a-Lago to beg forgiveness — has been thoroughly documented. Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022 Back in the 1970s and ’80s, Yeats and others attributed the CSZ’s quiescence to a kind of hyper-lubrication. Bruce Barcott, Outside Online, 25 Aug. 2011 There are undoubtedly hard and dangerous choices to be made, but total military quiescence also imposes costs, strategic and humanitarian, which are now unfolding. John Bolton, Time, 9 Mar. 2022 Regardless of their type, the oligarchs have helped Putin stay in power through their political quiescence and economic support of the Kremlin’s domestic initiatives. Stanislav Markus, The Conversation, 4 Mar. 2022 In countering his co-religionists’ political quiescence, Falwell flew something of a false flag. The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Feb. 2022 There’s no word yet on whether the period of seismological quiescence observed in 2020 revealed insight into Earth’s mysterious 26-second chirp. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 21 Feb. 2022 The short clip is well worth a watch, if only to get a sense of how vast and powerful volcanoes like Nyiragongo are, even during periods of relative quiescence. Robin Andrews, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Most volcanoes spend much of their lifetime in a state of quiescence, but Stromboli bucks that trend. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of quiescence

circa 1631, in the meaning defined above

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“Quiescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quiescence. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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qui·​es·​cence | \ kwī-ˈes-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce quiescence (audio) , kwē- How to pronounce quiescence (audio) \

Medical Definition of quiescence

: the quality or state of being quiescent


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