acquiescence

noun
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 Trump’s lapses and Republicans’ acquiescence in it have left the nation vulnerable to pro-regulatory agendas, such as Biden’s elimination of Trump’s deregulatory executive orders. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 16 July 2021 The death of a child in D.C., caught in the crossfire of thugs, ought in particular to shake Congress out of its acquiescence and seeming lack of concern about crime. George J. Terwilliger Iii, National Review, 1 Aug. 2021 Behind that acquiescence are economic considerations: Afghanistan has billions of dollars worth of copper, iron, talcum and lithium. al, 17 Aug. 2021 Your daughter-in-law's antipathy to you has withstood the test of time, as has your child's acquiescence to it. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 The quiet acquiescence of party leaders has effectively left Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois as the only two Republicans still willing to speak out against a majority of their party. New York Times, 7 Aug. 2021 The all-on-board acquiescence Nohelty saw hasn’t been repeated elsewhere, and the governor’s mandate has only helped inflame mask opposition in some corners. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, 6 Aug. 2021 The quiet acquiescence of party leaders has effectively left Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois as the only two Republicans still willing to speak out against a majority of their party. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2021 On the acquiescence of this government in the murder of the Jews. CBS News, 7 July 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acquiescence. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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acquiescence

noun
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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