quiescent

adjective qui·es·cent \ kwī-ˈe-sᵊnt , kwē- \

Definition of quiescent

1 :marked by inactivity or repose :tranquilly at rest
2 :causing no trouble or symptoms
  • quiescent gallstones

quiescently

adverb

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Examples of quiescent in a Sentence

  1. a group of quiescent loungers recovering from the Thanksgiving feast

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Quiescent won't cause you any pain, and neither will its synonyms "latent," "dormant," and "potential," at least not immediately. All four words mean "not now showing signs of activity or existence." "Latent" usually applies to something that has not yet come forth but may emerge and develop, as in "a latent desire for success." "Dormant" implies a state of inactivity similar to sleep, as in "their passions lay dormant." "Potential" applies to what may or may not come to be. "A potential disaster" is a typical example. "Quiescent," which traces to the Latin quiescere (meaning "to become quiet" or "to rest"), often suggests a temporary cessation of activity, as in "a quiescent disease" or "a summer resort quiescent in wintertime."

Origin and Etymology of quiescent

Latin quiescent-, quiescens, present participle of quiescere to become quiet, rest, from quies

Synonym Discussion of quiescent

latent, dormant, quiescent, potential mean not now showing signs of activity or existence. latent applies to a power or quality that has not yet come forth but may emerge and develop.
    • a latent desire for success
dormant suggests the inactivity of something (such as a feeling or power) as though sleeping.
    • their passion had lain dormant
quiescent suggests a usually temporary cessation of activity.
    • the disease was quiescent
potential applies to what does not yet have existence or effect but is likely soon to have.
    • a potential disaster

QUIESCENT Defined for English Language Learners

quiescent

adjective

Definition of quiescent for English Language Learners

  • : not active

  • medical : not now developing or causing symptoms


Medical Dictionary

quiescent

adjective qui·es·cent \ -ᵊnt \

medical Definition of quiescent

1 :being in a state of arrest
  • quiescent tuberculosis
2 :causing no symptoms
  • quiescent gallstones


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