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adjective tac·it \ˈta-sət\

: expressed or understood without being directly stated

Full Definition of TACIT

:  expressed or carried on without words or speech <the blush was a tacit answer — Bram Stoker>
:  implied or indicated (as by an act or by silence) but not actually expressed <tacit consent> <tacit admission of guilt>
tac·it·ly adverb
tac·it·ness noun

Examples of TACIT

  1. She felt that she had her parents' tacit approval to borrow the car.
  2. There was a tacit agreement that he would pay off the loan.
  3. While they got a frosty public response, officials say the private message was a tacit green light. —Mark Thompson, Time, 16 Nov. 1998

Origin of TACIT

Middle French or Latin; Middle French tacite, from Latin tacitus silent, from past participle of tacēre to be silent; akin to Old High German dagēn to be silent
First Known Use: 1576

Rhymes with TACIT

TACIT Defined for Kids


adjective tac·it \ˈta-sət\

Definition of TACIT for Kids

:  understood or made known without being put into words <I have Mom's tacit approval to go to the movie.>
tac·it·ly adverb


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