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Definition being quiet or still or inactive for the time being

or in medicine:  causing no symptoms
  • She is always on the move and busy, but her boyfriend is quiet and quiescent.
  • Lady Bertram was perfectly quiescent and contented, and had no objections to make.
    Austen, Jane  --  Mansfield Park
  • On these lonely hills and dales her quiescent glide was of a piece with the element she moved in.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • I now strove to be entirely care-free and quiescent; and my conscience justified me in the attempt; though indeed it was not so successful as I could have wished.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • quiescent = being quiet or inactive for the time being
  • the quiescent melancholy of the town
  • a quiescent tumor
  • the quiescent level of centimeter wave-length solar radiation
  • Too anxious to remain any longer quiescent, I had no sooner breakfasted, than I repaired once more to M.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  The Professor
  • It was but of brief continuance, however; soon leaving him in a quiescent, and, to judge by his countenance, not an uncomfortable state.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  House Of Seven Gables
  • So that which always had been less than secondary, now became completely quiescent, and he was satisfied that it should.
    Haldeman, Julius Mr. and Mrs.  --  Dust
  • A hungry animal is restless until it finds food; then it becomes quiescent.
    Russell, Bertrand  --  The Analysis of Mind
  • Adrienne said this with her hands resting on her lap in quiescent despair.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief
  • The traffic had diminished considerably, the rush hour over, the street in the doldrums of midmorning quiescence.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • He nodded and continued to lie quiescent, staring at the ceiling.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He was no longer quiescent in his chair; he wandered about the room, he dropped on the couch beside her.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • "Some of the time—let's say, much of the time—it becomes quiescent.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • She lay quiescent, breathing raggedly, her hot face buried in the cool grass.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • And it flashes out in your face still, until you draw that veil of dull quiescence over it.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • "Oh," said George, relapsing into a gently simmering quiescence.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • Lady Bertram was perfectly quiescent and contented, and had no objections to make.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park

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