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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.
Contemporary Examples

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

Historical Examples

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.


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