ac·​qui·​es·​cence ˌa-kwē-ˈe-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce acquiescence (audio)
: passive acceptance or submission : the act of acquiescing or the state of being acquiescent
I was surprised by his acquiescence to their demands.
: 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 This could potentially signal that an exception was made for Swift, with UMG’s acquiescence. Todd Spangler, Variety, 11 Apr. 2024 If Russia experiences an economic decline or a demand for more social spending, this acquiescence to the war could diminish, eroding Putin’s base. Timothy Frye, Foreign Affairs, 25 Mar. 2024 Ariel Henry, with the acquiescence of the U.S. and several nations, became the unelected prime minister and leader of the country. Char Adams, NBC News, 16 Mar. 2024 With Jokowi’s acquiescence, Indonesia’s parliament significantly reduced the independence of the country’s Corruption Eradication Commission, founded in 2002 to tackle rampant graft. Ben Bland, Foreign Affairs, 13 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for acquiescence 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of acquiescence was in 1615

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“Acquiescence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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