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 In many countries immigration rose with the approval, or at least the acquiescence, of liberal left and broad right alike. The Economist, "Conservatism is fighting for its life against reactionary nationalism," 4 July 2019 The road to mandatory seat belts was a long one, involving decades of medical and military research, legislative intervention, and corporate acquiescence. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Technology Sabotaged Public Safety," 10 Oct. 2019 But eventually France said that deal, too, would require Washington’s acquiescence. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Iran Adds Advanced Centrifuges, Further Weakening Nuclear Deal," 4 Nov. 2019 Zelensky needs the acquiescence, or at least participation, of Putin, who provides the military firepower and diplomatic backing that props up the Donbass’s separatist enclaves. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "How Donald Trump Is Making It Harder to End the War in Ukraine," 6 Dec. 2019 Abandoning these people to be rounded up into a dictator’s torture dungeons will be another stain on America’s already ignoble record of inaction and acquiescence to mass atrocities in Syria. Elizabeth Tsurkov, The New Republic, "The Syria Withdrawal’s Other Victims," 24 Oct. 2019 Familiarity and the passage of time may breed a certain kind of acquiescence, even grudging acceptance. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "We’ve Grown Accustomed to Trump," 17 Oct. 2018 Beijing does not just threaten neutrals, rivals, and enemies but uses it economic clout — and no doubt soon its growing military power — to force acquiescence. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Is America Becoming Sinicized?," 17 Oct. 2019 As the providers occasionally caught in the spotlight have learned, greeting the rarely exposed outrage with quiet acquiescence ensures that a more formidable check never gets applied to this unjust arrangement. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Grim Lottery of Surprise Medical Bill Stories," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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9 Feb 2020

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“Acquiescence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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: the act of agreeing, accepting, or giving consent

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