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quiescent    : [kwɑɪ'ɛsənt]
Quiescent \Qui*es"cent\, a. [L. quiescens, -entis, p. pr. of
quiescere: cf. F. quiescent. See {Quiesce}.]
1. Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; not moving;
as, a quiescent body or fluid.
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2. Not ruffed with passion; unagitated; not in action; not
excited; quiet; dormant; resting.
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In times of national security, the feeling of
patriotism . . . is so quiescent that it seems
hardly to exist. --Prof.
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3. (Gram.) Not sounded; silent; as, y is quiescent in "day"
and "say."
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Quiescent \Qui*es"cent\, n. (Gram.)
A silent letter. --M. Stuart.
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adj 1: not active or activated; "the quiescent level of
centimeter wave-length solar radiation"
2: marked by a state of tranquil repose; "the quiescent
melancholy of the town"
3: being quiet or still or inactive
4: (pathology) causing no symptoms; "a quiescent tumor"

125 Moby Thesaurus words for "quiescent":
abeyant, abiding, at a standstill, at rest, calm, changeless,
cloistered, constant, contemplative, continuing, cool, do-nothing,
dormant, durable, dwindling, ebbing, echoless, enduring,
even-tenored, firm, fixed, frozen, halcyon, hush as death, hushed,
idle, immobile, immutable, impassive, inactive, inaudible, inert,
intact, inviolate, isolated, laissez-aller, laissez-faire, lasting,
lurking, meditative, moldering, motionless, mousy, neuter, neutral,
noiseless, pacific, paralytic, paralyzed, passive, peaceable,
peaceful, permanent, perpetual, persistent, placid, potential,
procrastinating, quiet, quietist, quietistic, remaining, reposeful,
reposing, restful, resting, rigid, secluded, sedentary,
sequestered, sequestrated, sheltered, silent, smooth, solid,
soundless, stable, stagnant, stagnating, standpat, static,
stationary, staying, steadfast, still, still as death, stillish,
stilly, stoic, stolid, subaudible, subsiding, sustained, torpid,
tranquil, unactive, unagitated, unaltered, unarticulated,
unchangeable, unchanged, unchanging, unchecked, undestroyed,
undisturbed, unfading, unfailing, unhearable, unmoved, unperturbed,
unpronounced, unruffled, unshifting, unsounded, unstirring,
untroubled, unuttered, unvaried, unvarying, unvocalized, unvoiced,
vegetable, vegetative, waning, whist

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