acquiescence

noun
ac·​qui·​es·​cence | \ -ˈe-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce acquiescence (audio) \

Definition of acquiescence

1 : passive acceptance or submission : the act of acquiescing or the state of being acquiescent I was surprised by his acquiescence to their demands.
2 : an instance of acquiescing

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Examples of acquiescence in a Sentence

good manners demanded our cheerful acquiescence to our host's plans for dinner

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Since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has, outwardly at least, been one of the world’s most stable and predictable regimes — an assertive authoritarian government propped up by a mix of repression and acquiescence at home. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Russia after Vladimir Putin," 5 June 2019 If creeping totalitarianism is your worry, such work is not a form of acquiescence but a form of resistance. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Winning the Peace," 10 May 2019 It’s hard for the public to know how to evaluate these claims when so little about Epstein’s crimes has ever come to light, thanks to pressure from his lawyers and acquiescence from prosecutors. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 It’s hard for the public to know how to evaluate these claims when so little about Epstein’s crimes has ever come to light, thanks to pressure from his lawyers and acquiescence from prosecutors. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 It’s hard for the public to know how to evaluate these claims when so little about Epstein’s crimes has ever come to light, thanks to pressure from his lawyers and acquiescence from prosecutors. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 It’s hard for the public to know how to evaluate these claims when so little about Epstein’s crimes has ever come to light, thanks to pressure from his lawyers and acquiescence from prosecutors. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 It’s hard for the public to know how to evaluate these claims when so little about Epstein’s crimes has ever come to light, thanks to pressure from his lawyers and acquiescence from prosecutors. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 Despite the best intentions of some Republican officials, the party of militant anticommunism has become the party of moral equivalence—an inevitable consequence of their acquiescence to Mr. Trump in 2016. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Trump’s Russia Remarks Were No Gaffe," 17 July 2018

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First Known Use of acquiescence

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acquiescence

borrowed from French, from acquiescer "to acquiesce" + -ence -ence

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acquiescence

noun
ac·​qui·​es·​cence | \ ˌa-kwē-ˈe-sᵊns How to pronounce acquiescence (audio) \

Kids Definition of acquiescence

: the act of agreeing, accepting, or giving consent

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