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tacit

[tas-it] /ˈtæs ɪt/
adjective
1.
understood without being openly expressed; implied:
tacit approval.
2.
silent; saying nothing:
a tacit partner.
3.
unvoiced or unspoken:
a tacit prayer.
Origin
1595-1605
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
Synonyms
1. unexpressed, unspoken, unsaid, implicit.
Antonyms
1. expressed.
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British Dictionary definitions for tacitness

tacit

/ˈtæsɪt/
adjective
1.
implied or inferred without direct expression; understood: a tacit agreement
2.
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 tacitness

tacit

n.

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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