One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of quieting; the state of being quieted or quiet; peace.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in William Atkynson (d. 1509), translator. From post-classical Latin quietation-, quietatio quietness, rest, repose, earlier in sense ‘quittance, exemption, discharge’ from quietat-, past participial stem of quietare + classical Latin -iō; compare -ation.
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