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Examples of acquiesce in a Sentence
- … the tender understanding with which he had acquiesced to her wish not to consummate their relationship out of wedlock. —Dorothy West, The Wedding, 1995
- … he seems to have acquiesced in his Christian Scientist wife's refusal to provide medical care … —Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review, 17 Dec. 1995
- The main body of Shi'is, in and around Iraq, accepted 'Abbasid rule, or at least acquiesced in it. —Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples, 1991
- He passively acquired the reputation of being a snob, and acquiesced to it … —George V. Higgins, Harper's, September 1984
They demanded it, and he acquiesced.
apparently the contractor expected me to acquiesce to my own fleecing
Recent Examples of acquiesce from the Web
If reliable evidence surfaces that high-ranking university officials directed, authorized or even acquiesced to assistant coaches partaking in bribes, those officials will almost certainly face charges.
Most believe the Trump administration, despite its tough talk, will ultimately acquiesce, perhaps settling for a freeze that allows the North to keep a small arsenal.
To be an author, today, is generally to be required, repeatedly, to acquiesce: to give in to demands of omnipresence, of performative relatability.
Diem's regime was so disappointing that the United States acquiesced in his assassination.
From the idea that when faced with unknown deli meat his friend froze up to the image of Brooks, overcome with noblesse oblige acquiescing to Mexican, a cuisine that those without a college degree can enjoy, the whole graf is rotten.
Trump’s decision to acquiesce to the CIA will only add to the cloud of public suspicion that hangs over the official story line — even 54 years later — that Oswald acted alone.
Angela Merkel of Germany and Emmanuel Macron of France acquiesced to a request to accompany Mrs May into the summit before the cameras in a show of solidarity.
Anyway, Alex refuses, only acquiescing to photograph him later, once hope has returned.
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Did You Know?
Acquiesce means essentially "to comply quietly," so it should not surprise you to learn that it is ultimately derived from the Latin verb quiescere, meaning "to be quiet." It arrived in English around 1620, via the French acquiescer, with the now obsolete sense "to rest satisfied." The earliest known recorded use of the word acquiesce in the sense of "to agree or comply" appeared in the writings of the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes in 1651. In his masterpiece Leviathan, Hobbes argued that people must subject themselves completely to a sovereign and should obey the teachings of the church. Encouraging his readers to adopt his position he wrote, "Our Beleefe . . . is in the Church; whose word we take, and acquiesce therein."
Origin and Etymology of acquiesce
Synonymsaccede, agree, assent, come round, consent, subscribe
Related Wordsadopt, embrace, espouse; abide, bear (with), endure, stand, suffer, tolerate; stomach, swallow, take; bow, knuckle under, relent, submit, succumb, yield
Near Antonymsrebuff, refuse, reject, scorn, spurn; deny, gainsay
Synonym Discussion of acquiesce
- voters assented to the proposal
- consented to their daughter's going
- officials acceded to the prisoners' demands
- acquiesced to his boss's wishes
- finally agreed to come along
- subscribes wholeheartedly to the idea
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legal Definition of acquiesce
acquiescenceplay \ˌa-kwē-ˈes-ᵊns\ noun
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