acquiescent

adjective
ac·​qui·​es·​cent | \ ˌa-kwē-ˈe-sᵊnt How to pronounce acquiescent (audio) \

Definition of acquiescent

: tending to accept or allow what others want or demand : inclined to acquiesce a politician accused of being too acquiescent to the demands of special interests

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Other Words from acquiescent

acquiescently adverb

Examples of acquiescent in a Sentence

The acquiescent girl became a strong assertive woman. was not as acquiescent about sharing her room as her parents seemed to think she should be
Recent Examples on the Web Israel’s entrenched system of control over the Palestinian territories and its creeping annexation of Palestinian lands, unchecked for years by an acquiescent United States, may only provoke more angry resistance. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 21 May 2021 The fact that Raniere collected kompromat from DOS members strongly suggests that his psychological coercion techniques were not, by themselves, sufficient to keep women acquiescent. Zoë Heller, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 Teachers unions, which have emerged as a powerful force of opposition to school reopenings in the United States, have generally been more acquiescent in Europe, pushing for safety measures rather than closures. Michael Birnbaum, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Dec. 2020 Teachers unions, which have emerged as a powerful force of opposition to school reopenings in the United States, have generally been more acquiescent in Europe, pushing for safety measures rather than closures. Michael Birnbaum, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Dec. 2020 Teachers unions, which have emerged as a powerful force of opposition to school reopenings in the United States, have generally been more acquiescent in Europe, pushing for safety measures rather than closures. Michael Birnbaum, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Dec. 2020 Teachers unions, which have emerged as a powerful force of opposition to school reopenings in the United States, have generally been more acquiescent in Europe, pushing for safety measures rather than closures. Michael Birnbaum, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Dec. 2020 Teachers unions, which have emerged as a powerful force of opposition to school reopenings in the United States, have generally been more acquiescent in Europe, pushing for safety measures rather than closures. Michael Birnbaum, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Dec. 2020 Teachers unions, which have emerged as a powerful force of opposition to school reopenings in the United States, have generally been more acquiescent in Europe, pushing for safety measures rather than closures. Michael Birnbaum, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of acquiescent

1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acquiescent

acquiesce + -ent variant of -ant entry 2 (or borrowed from Latin acquiēscent-, acquiēscens, present participle of acquiēscere)

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The first known use of acquiescent was in 1616

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8 Sep 2021

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“Acquiescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acquiescent. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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