Definition of quiescent
1 : marked by inactivity or repose : tranquilly at rest
2 : causing no trouble or symptoms quiescent gallstones
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Examples of quiescent in a Sentence
a group of quiescent loungers recovering from the Thanksgiving feast
Recent Examples of quiescent from the Web
Economists attribute America’s remarkable run of roaring growth combined with quiescent inflation in part to productivity gains resulting from the broad application of high technology through the economy.
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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
First Known Use: 1605
Synonym Discussion of quiescent
QUIESCENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quiescent for English Language Learners
: not active
medical : not now developing or causing symptoms
Medical Definition of quiescent
1: being in a state of arrest quiescent tuberculosis
2: causing no symptoms quiescent gallstones
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