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From Middle English stilnesse, from Old English stilnes (stillness, quiet; absence of noise or disturbance, release, relaxation; silence, abstention from speech; absence of disturbance or molestation, tranquility, peace, security; that which appeases), equivalent to still +‎ -ness.

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stillness (countable and uncountable, plural stillnesses)

  1. The quality or state of being still.
    Synonyms: calmness, motionlessness, inactivity, inertia
  2. Habitual silence or quiet; taciturnity.
    Synonyms: quietness, silence

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