acquiescence

noun
ac·​qui·​es·​cence | \ -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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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," 22 Feb. 2019 Despite the best intentions of some Republican officials, the party of militant anticommunism has become the party of moral equivalence—an inevitable consequence of their acquiescence to Mr. Trump in 2016. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Trump’s Russia Remarks Were No Gaffe," 17 July 2018 The king’s acquiescence—or possibly U.S.-guided abdication—would probably buy his family’s protection. Daniel J. Arbess, WSJ, "The True-State Solution," 2 Jan. 2019 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

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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

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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