ac·​qui·​es·​cence | \ ˌa-kwē-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
Recent Examples on the Web Migrant rights groups denounced López Obrador’s acquiescence, and critics of the Mexican government — and Bárcena — saw a betrayal. Washington Post, "For Mexican ambassador who survived Trump, Washington was last stop," 21 Feb. 2021 The Democratic Party’s acquiescence to the narrow world view of the right resulted in progressive movements’ thinking small and organizing in sometimes inconsequential ways. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "A Black Lives Matter Founder on Building Modern Movements," 18 Jan. 2021 What is different now is Mr. Trump’s historic defiance of democratic norms and his party’s willing acquiescence. New York Times, "Trump Allies Eye Long-Shot Election Reversal in Congress, Testing Pence," 13 Dec. 2020 Those stories, and plenty of others, predated Favre’s era of supposedly quiet superstar acquiescence. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Between Favre and Watson, 'old school' hasn't changed," 4 Feb. 2021 Even dramatic political decisions are met with acquiescence. Arkansas Online, "Virus-restricted Israelis find freedom to celebrate in Dubai," 1 Jan. 2021 The language of resistance Still, the Hong Kong government’s newly authoritarian language isn’t being met only with acquiescence. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "This is the year Hong Kong began speaking the Communist Party’s authoritarian language," 16 Dec. 2020 What may sound like cultural acquiescence can, in reality, be countercultural. Stephen Ford, WSJ, "‘Happy Holidays’ Is Pro-Christmas," 10 Dec. 2020 Suddenly, that acquiescence is holding the sport hostage at the worst possible moment. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Notre Dame's Brian Kelly is right. It's time for college football to stop worshiping the Rose Bowl.," 18 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of acquiescence was in 1615

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27 Feb 2021

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“Acquiescence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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