Etymology
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dormancy (n.)

1723, state of being dormant, quiescence;" see dormant + -cy. Middle English had dormitacioun "sleep, sleeping" (mid-15c.)

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Definitions of dormancy

dormancy (n.)
a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction;
the volcano erupted after centuries of dormancy
Synonyms: quiescence / quiescency
dormancy (n.)
quiet and inactive restfulness;
Synonyms: quiescence / quiescency / sleeping
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