tacit

adjective
tac·​it | \ ˈta-sət How to pronounce tacit (audio) \

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now—he or she is never really in society; a temporary visa is issued with the tacit stipulation that it will be withdrawn and access denied if confidences are betrayed.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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Recent Examples on the Web But Points Guy journalists are required to attend regular business meetings detailing how much money the site makes from credit card sales, which some take as a tacit suggestion to put their thumbs on the scale. New York Times, 15 Aug. 2021 The army, known as the Tatmadaw, has withstood diplomatic condemnation from the West by winning at least tacit support from China, Russia, Japan and other Southeast Asian nations. Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2021 In choosing Bird, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee may at least be giving a tacit nod to the appropriateness of political activism in sports. Sean Gregory / Tokyo, Time, 21 July 2021 Instead of shutting down after the insurgent takeover, the Sher Khan Bandar complex has remained operational, with tacit understandings reached between the Taliban and Tajikistan, according to local traders. Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, 5 July 2021 If your mutual friend passed along private knowledge about another family’s struggle without their tacit permission, your choice to bring it up would create problems in their friendship. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2021 If your mutual friend passed along private knowledge about another family’s struggle without their tacit permission, your choice to bring it up would create problems in their friendship. Washington Post, 13 June 2021 If your mutual friend passed along private knowledge about another family’s struggle without their tacit permission, your choice to bring it up would create problems in their friendship. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, 13 June 2021 This whole cultural aspect of tacit knowledge and working physically in the workplace. Laura Lebleu, Forbes, 11 June 2021

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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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The first known use of tacit was circa 1650

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19 Aug 2021

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“Tacit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tacit. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for tacit

tacit

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tacit

: expressed or understood without being directly stated

tacit

adjective
tac·​it | \ ˈta-sət How to pronounce tacit (audio) \

Kids Definition of tacit

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

Other Words from tacit

tacitly adverb

tacit

adjective
tac·​it | \ ˈta-sət How to pronounce tacit (audio) \

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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