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acquiesce

[ak-wee-es] /ˌæk wiˈɛs/
verb (used without object), acquiesced, acquiescing.
1.
to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent:
to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin acquiēscere to find rest in, equivalent to ac- ac- + quiē- (see quiet2) + -sc- inchoative suffix + -ere infinitive suffix
Related forms
acquiescingly, adverb
nonacquiescing, adjective
Synonyms
accede, concur; capitulate.
Antonyms
contest, protest.
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  • As they generally have in the past, the courts acquiesced in the government's efforts to combat terrorism.
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  • It is astonishing that college students have thus far acquiesced in so egregious an abridgment of the age of majority.
  • Most appalling are those doctors who actively supported or acquiesced in silence to the restructuring that cut nursing care.
  • The university acquiesced and opened the first co-educational, graduate level medical school.
  • The monks had acquiesced in this descent into communal intolerance.
  • Setting down his cup of coffee, he kindly acquiesced.
  • Both parties acquiesced, and the marriage was solemnized.
  • If acquiesced in, it dulls and blunts the whole nature.
  • When that is decided and acquiesced in, the whole thing is done.
British Dictionary definitions for acquiesced

acquiesce

/ˌækwɪˈɛs/
verb
1.
(intransitive; often foll by in or to) to comply (with); assent (to) without protest
Derived Forms
acquiescence, noun
acquiescent, adjective
acquiescently, adverb
Usage note
The use of to after acquiesce was formerly regarded as incorrect, but is now acceptable
Word Origin
C17: from Latin acquiēscere to remain at rest, agree without protest, from ad- at + quiēscere to rest, from quiēsquiet
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Word Origin and History for acquiesced

acquiesce

v.

1610s, from Middle French acquiescer (16c.), from Latin acquiescere "to become quiet, remain at rest," thus "be satisfied with," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + quiescere "to become quiet," from quies (genitive quietis) "rest, quiet" (see quiet (n.)). Related: Acquiesced; acquiescing.

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