ac·​qui·​es·​cence | \ -ˈe-sᵊn(t)s \

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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In each case, Mr. Putin seeks American acquiescence. David Satter, WSJ, "Putin’s Aggression Is the Issue in Helsinki," 15 July 2018 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," 3 Dec. 2018 Centuries of violence against our Jewish communities in virtually every country has been accompanied by government acquiescence, encouragement or instigation. WSJ, "Millennia Late: Time to End Anti-Semitism," 1 Nov. 2018 In some cases, with the courts’ acquiescence, Congress has delegated legislative authority to executive-branch agencies. Peter J. Wallison, WSJ, "Kavanaugh May Restore Separation of Powers," 16 July 2018 Putin’s earlier terms as president had been underpinned by a social compact in which the Kremlin offered rising living standards in exchange for political support or at least acquiescence. Daniel Beer, New York Times, "Does Vladimir Putin Speak for the Russian People?," 6 July 2018 How far Mr Trump may be willing to test Congress’s acquiescence is one of the most important questions of his presidency. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s powers are not quite as vast as his lawyers claim," 7 June 2018 Her own desires have been foiled — with her sometimes timid, sometimes strategic acquiescence — for practically all of her adult life. Laura Collins-hughes,, "Waking up is hard to do," 13 July 2018 Each inch of reins wrapped around his hands and each ounce of pressure cutting into his palms seemed to lessen the acquiescence of the beasts in his charge. David Murphy,, "In the last leg of Nick Foles' victory lap with Eagles, he is a hero for introverts," 12 June 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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ac·​qui·​es·​cence | \ ˌa-kwē-ˈe-sᵊns \

Kids Definition of acquiescence

: the act of agreeing, accepting, or giving consent

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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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