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

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Frustrated by the panel’s acquiescence to the school closures, Butler publicly resigned in January. Hannah Leone,, "Englewood is losing 4 high schools, but a new STEM campus is seen as ‘huge opportunity’ for the struggling neighborhood," 2 Sep. 2019 Mr Modi has gutted an article of India’s constitution, which was introduced in the 1950s to secure the state’s acquiescence to Indian control. The Economist, "India abruptly ends the last special protection enjoyed by Kashmir," 8 Aug. 2019 The closing scenes of Straight Up are more contrived and constrained — an acquiescence to living inside the box, with one dramatic wrinkle that feels tacked on and ill-considered. Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Straight Up': Film Review | Outfest 2019," 23 July 2019 Since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has, outwardly at least, been one of the world’s most stable and predictable regimes — an assertive authoritarian government propped up by a mix of repression and acquiescence at home. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Russia after Vladimir Putin," 5 June 2019 If creeping totalitarianism is your worry, such work is not a form of acquiescence but a form of resistance. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Winning the Peace," 10 May 2019 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 Both the run-up to the Iraq War and the acquiescence to the carnival-like coverage of our first reality TV star president seem to be evidence of a widespread failure of media literacy. Michael J. Socolow, Smithsonian, "In its Heyday, Mad Magazine Was a Lot More Than Silly Jokes," 11 May 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 How to pronounce acquiescence (audio) \

Kids Definition of acquiescence

: the act of agreeing, accepting, or giving consent

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