som·​no·​lence | \ ˈsäm-nə-lən(t)s How to pronounce somnolence (audio) \

Definition of somnolence

: the quality or state of being drowsy : sleepiness

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somnolence is likely to be the most typical and telling reaction to this novel
Recent Examples on the Web Otherwise, make no mistake, if the present economic somnolence continues, many Americans are going to sicken and die — but from the economic virus in reaction to the coronavirus. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Logic of Pottersville," 24 Mar. 2020 Imagine that this medication had side effects too, but those side effects included happiness, relaxation, and somnolence. Dr. Jordan Tishler,, "Side effects of marijuana versus conventional medications," 4 Oct. 2019 Current antipsychotics — which mostly block dopamine receptors — have become blockbuster schizophrenia medicines despite causing troubling side effects like weight gain and somnolence. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "A new approach to treating schizophrenia delivers positive results in mid-stage trial," 18 Nov. 2019 The somnolence of their corporate offices, a seasoned visitor quipped, was disturbed only by the periodic whirr of a printer. The Economist, "Can American utilities profit from the energy transition?," 25 July 2019 The strong sun of the south beats down a tranquil somnolence over the whole town. Frances Mayes, National Geographic, "Discover Italy’s most delicious secret," 11 July 2019 Four years ago, the head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said there would be no more quick enlargement of the bloc, sending the process into somnolence. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "In a New Cold War With Russia, Balkans Become a Testing Ground," 10 Apr. 2018 Johnson comes across as laid-back, sometimes to the point of somnolence. Gary D'amato, USA TODAY, "Dustin Johnson's game has everything, and this is his U.S. Open so far," 15 June 2018 Johnson comes across as laid-back, sometimes to the point of somnolence. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Dustin Johnson is No. 1 for a reason and is in control at U.S. Open," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of somnolence

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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som·​no·​lence | \ ˈsäm-nə-lən(t)s How to pronounce somnolence (audio) \

Medical Definition of somnolence

: the quality or state of being drowsy

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