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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 pleased with the boy’s acquiescent spirit.
Trevlyn Hold Mrs. Henry Wood

Her state of mind was strangely quiescent and acquiescent in all that was done to her or for her.
One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt

At last, this far too acquiescent lover had rebelled against her decree of silence and separation.
The Branding Iron Katharine Newlin Burt

But this acquiescent murmur made him long to smooth it down.
Beyond John Galsworthy

Mr. Straus saw in this acquiescent mood a chance to appeal directly to President Wilson.
The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I Burton J. Hendrick

Skinner, the acquiescent one, putting his foot down like that!
Skinner’s Dress Suit Henry Irving Dodge

“Very well,” said Anna-Felicitas, who was the most amiable, acquiescent person in the world.
Christopher and Columbus Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim

He had intended that the smile should be acquiescent, but it had been as cold as steel.
The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope

“You can depend upon me,” he answered, with an acquiescent nod.
Hilda Wade Grant Allen


1690s (implied in acquiescently), from Latin acquiescentem (nominative acquiescens), present participle of acquiescere (see acquiesce).


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