the act or condition of or giving tacit assent; agreement or consent by silence or without objection; compliance (usually followed by to or in):
acquiescence to his boss’s demands.
Law. such neglect to take legal proceedings for such a long time as to imply the abandonment of a right.
The Latin powerhouse’s acquiescence to La Paz has been particularly glaring.
Escape from Bolivia Mac Margolis September 1, 2013
A new German book reveals that prominent postwar German leaders hid their Nazi past with the acquiescence of the U.S. government.
New Book Reveals Postwar Germany’s Nazi Party Ties Cover-Up Liesl Schillinger May 8, 2013
As measured by actions, American policy has otherwise been acquiescence.
Subtlety, Mr. Obama, Doesn’t Work Gershom Gorenberg December 2, 2012
There is no effective congressional oversight, as we can see by the acquiescence of the intelligence and judiciary committees.
Daniel Ellsberg: Edward Snowden Is a Hero and We Need More Whistleblowers Daniel Ellsberg June 9, 2013
Taking silence for acquiescence, Si picked up his own gun and started with his prisoner for the Colonel.
Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) John McElroy
And has he not promised temper and acquiescence, on the supposition of a change in my mind?
Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
This was agreed to, which resulted in the acquiescence of the hunters, and their appearance with the army, as we have seen.
A Prince of Anahuac James A. Porter
Then she smiled graciously and nodded her head in token of acquiescence.
A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
Nay, she throws aside the cowl entirely, and by her natural bright humor tries to banter him into acquiescence.
Studies in Medival Life and Literature Edward Tompkins McLaughlin
Hatteras resumed his place with a sign of acquiescence, and folded his arms.
The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras Jules Verne
1630s, “act of acquiescing,” from French acquiescence, noun of action from acquiescer (see acquiesce). Meaning “silent consent” is recorded from 1640s.
disposed to or consent tacitly. Contemporary Examples I wandered around aimlessly for a while, then gave the goose to an acquiescent hippy on a barge. The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl Anthony Haden-Guest September 21, 2014 Historical Examples “Which will not be for some years to come,” said Mrs. Ryle, feeling […]
disposed to or consent tacitly. Historical Examples “Heap better,” said Flor acquiescently, and beginning to hold a whistling colloquy with the hidden voice. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865 Various This it is the highest wisdom of men to acquiescently confess. Abraham Lincoln’s Cardinal Traits; Clark S. Beardslee “It is written: ‘Cho […]
to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan. Contemporary Examples Pamela acquiesces to an extremely uncomfortable kiss, and then is finally allowed to go. Louie Attempts Rape (and Explores the ‘Nice Guy’ Phenomenon) Amy Zimmerman June 2, 2014 Historical Examples I feel as if […]
to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan. Contemporary Examples But acquiescing to talks without a settlement freeze would be a major backtrack for Abbas and probably hurt his public standing. Obama’s Calculated Middle East Game: Can He Bring Peace? Dan Ephron May 19, […]
to come into possession or ownership of; get as one’s own: to acquire property. to gain for oneself through one’s actions or efforts: to acquire learning. Linguistics. to achieve native or nativelike command of (a language or a linguistic rule or element). Military. to locate and track (a moving target) with a detector, as radar. […]