quiescent

adjective
qui·​es·​cent | \ kwī-ˈe-sᵊnt How to pronounce quiescent (audio) , kwē-\

Definition of quiescent

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

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Other Words from quiescent

quiescently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for quiescent

Synonyms

dull, inactive, inert, lethargic, sleepy, sluggish, torpid

Antonyms

active

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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

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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."

Examples of quiescent in a Sentence

a group of quiescent loungers recovering from the Thanksgiving feast

First Known Use of quiescent

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quiescent

borrowed from Latin quiēscent-, quiēscens, present participle of quiēscere "to repose, fall asleep, rest, be quiet," inchoative derivative of a base quiē-, going back to Indo-European *kwi̯eh1- "have a rest" — more at quiet entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near quiescent

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quiet

quiet day

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The first known use of quiescent was in 1605

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quiescent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of quiescent

formal : not active
medical : not now developing or causing symptoms

quiescent

adjective
qui·​es·​cent | \ -ᵊnt How to pronounce quiescent (audio) \

Medical Definition of quiescent

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

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