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[tas-it] /ˈtæs ɪt/
understood without being openly expressed; implied:
tacit approval.
silent; saying nothing:
a tacit partner.
unvoiced or unspoken:
a tacit prayer.
Origin of tacit
1595-1605; < Latin tacitus silent, past participle of tacēre to be silent (cognate with Gothic thahan; akin to Old Norse thegja)
Related forms
tacitly, adverb
tacitness, noun
1. unexpressed, unspoken, unsaid, implicit.
1. expressed. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for tacitly


implied or inferred without direct expression; understood: a tacit agreement
created or having effect by operation of law, rather than by being directly expressed
Derived Forms
tacitly, adverb
tacitness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tacitus, past participle of tacēre to be silent
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Word Origin and History for tacitly



c.1600, from French tacite, from Latin tacitus "that is passed over in silence, done without words, assumed, silent," prop. past participle of tacere "to be silent," from PIE root *tak- "to be silent" (cf. Gothic þahan, Old Norse þegja "to be silent," Old Norse þagna "to grow dumb," Old Saxon thagian, Old High German dagen "to be silent"). The musical instruction tacet is the 3rd person present singular of the Latin verb.

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