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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

tacit

\TAS-it\ , adjective;
1.
implied or understood without being openly expressed
2.
saying nothing; silent
Quotes:
The word on the Hill is that Mr. Waxman enjoys the tacit support of übergreen Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who dislikes Mr. Dingell's independence.
-- The Wall Street Journal, 11/11/2008
Boeing and Airbus don't want to cannibalize sales of the B737 and A320. So there seems to be a tacit agreement to sweep the issue (of single-aisle replacement aircraft) under the carpet for now.
-- Aude Lagorce, MarketWatch, 6/18/2007
Origin:
c 1575, from French tacite, from Latin tacitus "that is passed over in silence, done without words, assumed, silent," from tacere "to be silent," from Proto Indo-European base *tak- "to be silent."
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