American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not spoken: indicated tacit approval by smiling and winking.
- adj. Implied by or inferred from actions or statements: Management has given its tacit approval to the plan.
- adj. Law Arising by operation of the law rather than through direct expression.
- adj. Archaic Not speaking; silent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Silent; quiescent; giving out no sound.
- Silently indicated or implied; understood from conditions or circumstances; inferred or inferable; expressed otherwise than by speech; indirectly mainfested or communicated; wordless.
- adj. Done or made in silence; implied, but not expressed; silent; as, tacit consent is consent by silence, or by not interposing an objection.
- adj. logic Not derived from formal principles of reasoning; based on induction rather than deduction.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Done or made in silence; implied, but not expressed; silent.
- adj. implied by or inferred from actions or statements
- From Latin tacitus ("that is passed over in silence, done without words, assumed as a matter of course, silent"), from tacere ("to be silent"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin tacitus, silent, past participle of tacēre, to be silent. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“A dying LBJ retired to Texas and let his hair grow long, some say in tacit allegiance to the anti-war protesters who once marched outside his White House.”
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“The firm, in tacit collaboration with the other firms in the industry, has wholly sufficient power to set and maintain minimum prices.”
“Destabilizing Iran goads Pakistan into the conflict (or their intelligence agency, anyway), would shift several of the ex-Soviet Central Asian republics closer to Russia and in tacit support of Iran, may cause Turkey to leave NATO, will lead to Lebanon and Syria launching an invasion of Israel …”
“Nevertheless, there was a certain tacit understanding, without any obligation, a certain tacit understanding, that the probability was that if war broke out we would all find ourselves in it together, and it followed from that that we were prepared in times of peace to get together and try to coordinate our actions.”
“As I mentioned before, I’m not just a youngest child, accustomed to being bossed around, but I’m a stubborn one who learned early on to nod my head in tacit agreement and then just go do what I wanted.”
“It is, in other words, a tacit response to the fact that many of the shouts against you involve discussions of popularity.”
“We must call the tacit approval of these representatives into question.”
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