tacit

adjective
tac·​it | \ˈta-sət \

Definition of tacit 

1 : expressed or carried on without words or speech the blush was a tacit answer— Bram Stoker

2 : implied or indicated (as by an act or by silence) but not actually expressed tacit consent tacit admission of guilt

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Other Words from tacit

tacitly adverb
tacitness noun

Examples of tacit in a Sentence

While they got a frosty public response, officials say the private message was a tacit green light. — Mark Thompson, Time, 16 Nov. 1998 Magic requires tacit cooperation of the audience with the magician—an abandonment of skepticism … the willing suspension of disbelief. — Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World, 1996 What a writer must always remember, however, is that with rare exceptions—Edith Wharton then, Louis Auchincloss now—he or she is never really in society; a temporary visa is issued with the tacit stipulation that it will be withdrawn and access denied if confidences are betrayed. — John Gregory Dunne, Harp, 1989 Myself, I like to play the field and see what happens, but there are certain tacit rules: do not mix freshwater fish with those from the sea; do not mix coarse fat fish with delicate ones … — M. F. K. Fisher, With Bold Knife and Fork, 1969 She felt that she had her parents' tacit approval to borrow the car. There was a tacit agreement that he would pay off the loan.
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One is that almost all Democrats on City Council gave their tacit approval for hosting, at least initially, Lyles and council members say. Steve Harrison And Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Why did council Democrats wait to oppose RNC? An inside look at Charlotte’s bid.," 13 July 2018 Public-lands advocates have criticized Trump’s pardon as a tacit approval of the occupation. Matt Pearce, latimes.com, "Pardoned by Trump, Oregon ranchers ride home in style on Pence ally's private jet," 12 July 2018 And part of the hesitance to engage in pre-2020 electoral proxy warfare comes from senators’ tacit agreement to focus their energies on Senate seats. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats’ 2020 Hopefuls Refuse to Disagree (on the Midterms)," 1 July 2018 The last week of the race the saturation television campaign funded by the PAC halted when organizers pulled all of their advertising spots, perhaps a tacit acknowledgement the race was out of reach. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "DA race: Early lead for Stephan against challenger Jones-Wright," 5 June 2018 Even during the last Republican administration of George W. Bush, longtime EPA employees have told me there was considerable if often tacit support by party leaders. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 2018 The divestment movement has strong support among many SFERS retirees and environmental activists who see the retirement system’s fossil fuel holdings as a tacit endorsement of the industry’s contributions to climate change. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "Chu to SF retirement board — impact on fossil-fuel divestment unknown," 5 Apr. 2018 American voters have long evinced a tacit belief that deporting law-abiding, longtime U.S. residents is a cruel and needless enterprise. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Abolishing ICE Is About As Popular As Trump’s Immigration Agenda," 11 July 2018 Other big countries have infuriating investment curbs, both explicit and tacit, including India and France. The Economist, "America Inc and the rage against Beijing," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of tacit

circa 1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tacit

Middle French or Latin; Middle French tacite, from Latin tacitus silent, from past participle of tacēre to be silent; akin to Old High German dagēn to be silent

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tacit

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tacit

: expressed or understood without being directly stated

tacit

adjective
tac·​it | \ˈta-sət \

Kids Definition of tacit

: understood or made known without being put into words I have Mom's tacit approval to go to the movie.

Other Words from tacit

tacitly adverb

tacit

adjective
tac·​it | \ˈta-sət \

Legal Definition of tacit 

1 : implied (as by an act or by silence) rather than express a tacit admission

2 in the civil law of Louisiana : arising by operation of law a tacit mortgage

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tacitly adverb

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