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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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  • Their best hope of avoiding war lies in their extraordinary acquiescence.
  • The great sin of the public is acquiescence in this secrecy.
  • His ready acquiescence both pleases and disquiets them.
  • Although eventually dissatisfaction grew, the extent of acquiescence to long schedules remained puzzling.
  • Neither the railroad's concept of the petitioner's status nor his acquiescence was determinative, the Court said.
  • It was not without the acquiescence or cooperation of the locals.
  • Opposition and human-rights people could be frightened into acquiescence.
  • Scrutiny gave way to acquiescence.
  • Every influence tended to lull her into acquiescence.
  • Twain is obviously eager to please, and still trying to decide whether her audience is buying her pugnacity or her acquiescence.
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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