Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[ak-wee-es-uh nt] /ˌæk wiˈɛs ənt/
disposed to acquiesce or consent tacitly.
Origin of acquiescent
1745-55; < Latin acquiēscent- (stem of acquiēscēns, present participle of acquiēscere). See acquiesce, -ent
Related forms
acquiescently, adverb
half-acquiescent, adjective
half-acquiescently, adverb
nonacquiescent, adjective
nonacquiescently, adverb
unacquiescent, adjective
unacquiescently, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for acquiescent
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • "Which will not be for some years to come," said Mrs. Ryle, feeling pleased with the boy's acquiescent spirit.

    Trevlyn Hold Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Her state of mind was strangely quiescent and acquiescent in all that was done to her or for her.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • At last, this far too acquiescent lover had rebelled against her decree of silence and separation.

    The Branding Iron Katharine Newlin Burt
  • But this acquiescent murmur made him long to smooth it down.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Mr. Straus saw in this acquiescent mood a chance to appeal directly to President Wilson.

  • Skinner, the acquiescent one, putting his foot down like that!

    Skinner's Dress Suit Henry Irving Dodge
  • "Very well," said Anna-Felicitas, who was the most amiable, acquiescent person in the world.

    Christopher and Columbus Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  • He had intended that the smile should be acquiescent, but it had been as cold as steel.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • "You can depend upon me," he answered, with an acquiescent nod.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
Word Origin and History for acquiescent

1690s (implied in acquiescently), from Latin acquiescentem (nominative acquiescens), present participle of acquiescere (see acquiesce).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for acquiescent

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for acquiescent

Scrabble Words With Friends