from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Disposed or willing to acquiesce.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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Latin acquiescens, -entis; present participle


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