Word of the Day

adjective1 : marked by inactivity or repose :tranquilly at rest 2 : causing no trouble or symptoms 

The alligator is deceptively quiescenton the sunny shorewatching its approaching preywaiting for the moment to strike

Measles made a modest comebackaround 1990, and then fell quiescentuntil the recent outbreak of measles cases at Disneyland in California….” — Richard A. EpsteinDefining IdeasFebruary 2, 2015

Did you know?
Quiescent won’t cause you any pain, and neither will its synonyms latentdormant, 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 comeforth but may emerge and develop, as in “a latent desire for success.” Dormant implies a state of inactivitysimilar to sleep, as in “their passionslay dormant.” Potential applies to what may or may not come to be. “A potential disaster” is a typicalexampleQuiescentwhich traces to Latin quiescere (meaning “to becomequiet” or “to rest“), often suggests a temporary cessation of activity, as in “a quiescent disease” or “a summerresort quiescent in wintertime.”


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