Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Disposed or willing to acquiesce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. willing to acquiesce, accept or agree to something without objection, protest or resistance
  • adj. resting satisfied or submissive; disposed tacitly to submit; assentive; as, an acquiescent policy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resting satisfied or submissive; disposed tacitly to submit; assentive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Disposed to acquiesce or yield; submissive; easy; unresisting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another without protest

Etymologies

Latin acquiescens, -entis; present participle (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She frowned, exactly as the Lady whom Stile knew would have, then flung her golden hair back in a kind of acquiescent defiance.

    Blue Adept

  • Our information overload society is at risk for the kind of acquiescent attitude.

    PORT

  • This despite the presence last week of Broadway diva Patti LuPone in the singing role of Anna 1, a no-nonsense, matronly gal, and dancer Wendy Whelan, in her 20th anniversary year with NYCB, as dancing Anna 2, the acquiescent sibling or split personality accompanying her sister as they travel the U.S. making money to send to their stern family for a new house.

    Seven Sins, Both Deadly and Dull

  • That being said, many of us who voted for President Obama disapprove of the way he's handling things because we feel he's far to acquiescent to the opposition.

    Obama's former doctor critical of White House health care plan

  • A gold watch or expensive handbag not only show appreciation to a helpful official or acquiescent mistress; they are also tradable assets and less traceable than cash.

    China's taste for high-end fashion and luxury brands reaches new heights

  • The girl at the register tells me the combo meal is eight ninety-nine and I nod, acquiescent.

    Track 8

  • It is not just thugs who like blasphemy laws, but acquiescent, feeble-minded, compliants

    Only religious thugs love blasphemy laws | Nick Cohen

  • The man let himself fall into a fit of rage; quiet and acquiescent, the woman endured everything.

    The Story Of a Lifetime

  • Our view is that this time around Bainimarama is aware that the mood of the people in this country will not be as acquiescent in comparison to 6/12.

    Global Voices in English » Fiji: ‘The Media has been Muzzled’

  • Humbly acquiescent, he pulled Bob back, and the gate swung shut between them.

    Chapter XIV

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