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 Strict emotional regulation is maintained over these relationships, which include a long affair with a married woman whose husband is affably acquiescent. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, "Indulging with Control in Fiction," 24 June 2020 While antigovernment sentiment remains strong and protesters’ demands have widened, the outbreak has cut across political lines in Hong Kong, which has grappled with seven months of pushback against a government viewed as too acquiescent to Beijing. Joyu Wang, WSJ, "Hong Kong Protesters Refocus Ire on City’s Handling of Coronavirus Crisis," 31 Jan. 2020 After more than three decades in prison, Dailey seemed even-tempered, agreeable, even acquiescent. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death.," 4 Dec. 2019 Her decision to, through her representation, depict the 28 players as acquiescent and gullible will only widen the gulf. Michael Mccann,, "Hope Solo's Desire to Join Mediation Alters Dynamic of USWNT's Equal Pay Fight," 23 July 2019 This male-oriented view of female reproductive biology as largely acquiescent was pervasive, argued Emily Martin, an anthropologist at New York University, in a 1991 paper. Quanta Magazine, "Choosy Eggs May Pick Sperm for Their Genes, Defying Mendel’s Law," 15 Nov. 2017 To depose the son, the opposition had to undermine a fortress state to which many Syrians were loyal, or at least acquiescent. Charles Glass, Harper's magazine, "“Tell Me How This Ends”," 10 Feb. 2019 While South Korea, Brazil and Australia have been more acquiescent, most of the world's major powers have rejected his demands. Heather Long And Steven Mufson,, "Trump's trade moves threaten 70 years of global agreements," 2 June 2018 Her husband, Ed (Stephen Campbell Moore), is rather acquiescent to her drunken bad behavior, which only erodes what little respect Alison has for him — especially since he’s been passed over for promotion. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Last Post’ falls short in warning of history’s lost chances," 18 Dec. 2017

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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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“Acquiescent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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