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[ak-wee-es-uh ns] /ˌæk wiˈɛs əns/
the act or condition of acquiescing or giving tacit assent; agreement or consent by silence or without objection; compliance (usually followed by to or in):
acquiescence to his boss's demands.
Law. such neglect to take legal proceedings for such a long time as to imply the abandonment of a right.
Origin of acquiescence
1625-35; acquiesce + -ence
Related forms
nonacquiescence, noun
Can be confused
acquiescence, permission. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Taking silence for acquiescence, Si picked up his own gun and started with his prisoner for the Colonel.

  • And has he not promised temper and acquiescence, on the supposition of a change in my mind?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • This was agreed to, which resulted in the acquiescence of the hunters, and their appearance with the army, as we have seen.

    A Prince of Anahuac James A. Porter
  • Then she smiled graciously and nodded her head in token of acquiescence.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • Nay, she throws aside the cowl entirely, and by her natural bright humor tries to banter him into acquiescence.

    Studies in Medival Life and Literature Edward Tompkins McLaughlin
  • Hatteras resumed his place with a sign of acquiescence, and folded his arms.

Word Origin and History for acquiescence

1630s, "act of acquiescing," from French acquiescence, noun of action from acquiescer (see acquiesce). Meaning "silent consent" is recorded from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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