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QUIESCENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does quiescent mean? 

QUIESCENT (adjective)
  The adjective QUIESCENT has 4 senses:

1. not active or activated
2. marked by a state of tranquil repose
3. being quiet or still or inactive
4. causing no symptoms

  Familiarity information: QUIESCENT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


QUIESCENT (adjective)


Sense 1quiescent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not active or activated

Context example:

the quiescent level of centimeter wave-length solar radiation

Similar:

inactive (not exerting influence or change)


Sense 2quiescent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by a state of tranquil repose

Context example:

the quiescent melancholy of the town

Similar:

quiet (characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity)


Sense 3quiescent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being quiet or still or inactive

Similar:

dormant; inactive (of e.g. volcanos; not erupting and not extinct)


Sense 4quiescent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing no symptoms

Context example:

a quiescent tumor

Similar:

inactive (not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly)


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