Definitions

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

  • n. Passive assent or agreement without protest.
  • n. The state of being acquiescent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A silent or passive assent or submission, or a submission with apparent content; - distinguished from avowed consent on the one hand, and on the other, from opposition or open discontent; quiet satisfaction.
  • n. Submission to an injury by the party injured, or tacit concurrence in the action of another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A silent or passive assent or submission, or a submission with apparent content; -- distinguished from avowed consent on the one hand, and on the other, from opposition or open discontent; quiet satisfaction.
  • n.
  • n. Submission to an injury by the party injured.
  • n. Tacit concurrence in the action of another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of acquiescing or giving tacit assent; a silent submission, or submission with apparent consent.
  • n. In law, such neglect to take legal proceedings in opposition to a matter as implies consent thereto.
  • n. Originally, but now rarely, contentment; satisfaction. In the ethics of Spinoza, acquiescence in one's very self is an ignoble self-satisfaction; but acquiescence of the soul in the knowledge of God is the highest result of virtue.

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

  • n. acceptance without protest
  • n. agreement with a statement or proposal to do something

Etymologies

From French acquiescence. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • such a lovely word to say out loud...

    November 12, 2007