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

Examples of acquiescence in a Sentence

good manners demanded our cheerful acquiescence to our host's plans for dinner
Recent Examples on the Web The true horror of Kaufman's Invasion, though, is that acquiescence gives way to McCarthyism; in conformity, old friends become new enemies. Randall Colburn,, 16 May 2022 For some Cheyennes, every treaty that peace chiefs signed and that the U.S. government broke made violence look more sensible than acquiescence. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 Bushby’s acquiescence, and the ensuing 12-month journey across the U.S., is the subject of a new documentary, The Walk Around the World, which aired Friday night on the National Geographic Channel. Jay Bennett, Outside Online, 15 May 2015 Their acquiescence in efforts to undermine the Supreme Court’s deliberations make a mockery of their own condemnations of that shameful episode. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 9 May 2022 The whole squad is primed for a good life and yet each is miserable in such a relentlessly benign way that their acquiescence turns the crime itself into a joyless affair, The Thomas Crown Affair as mumblecore. Tod Goldberg, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2022 But the story is different when a relationship is clearly sustained by contempt and acquiescence. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 In some places, acquiescence or refusal are easy ways to make a public statement. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 16 Dec. 2021 Instead, Catherine’s acquiescence manifests in heartbreaking ways for both her children. Leah Tyler, ajc, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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: the act of agreeing, accepting, or giving consent

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