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

Definition of quiescence

: the quality or state of being quiescent

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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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The peak last blew its top some 30,000 years ago, and its lengthy quiescence has led many to presume the volcano would not likely erupt again. National Geographic, "Magma found simmering under an 'extinct' volcano. Here's what that means.," 17 July 2019 The Cole attack’s overseer certainly noticed the American quiescence. Warren Bass, WSJ, "The Bin Laden Attack That Two Presidents Failed to Answer," 10 Jan. 2019 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

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First Known Use of quiescence

circa 1631, in the meaning defined above

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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