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now—he or she is never really in society; a temporary visa is issued with the tacit stipulation that it will be withdrawn and access denied if confidences are betrayed.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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Investigations by lawmakers and the nation’s graft ombudsman resulted in allegations that the upheaval was part of an orchestrated attempt by Zuma’s allies to raid Eskom’s coffers with his tacit consent. Washington Post, "Why Eskom’s Power Crisis Is South Africa’s Top Risk," 18 Sep. 2019 But cooperation has remained tacit absent a resolution to the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Israeli Leader Visits Oman’s Ruler in Sign of Improving Relations," 26 Oct. 2018 This tacit acceptance of might-makes-right rings doubly hollow in light of last week’s recall of a Navy SEAL platoon from Iraq due to rampant misconduct, including allegations of rape. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 Rarely has such tacit disrespect been shown to an NFL receiving corps. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Mason Rudolph Has the Tools, But Does He Have the Finesse?," 17 Sep. 2019 In 2012, Ron Paul formed a tacit strategic alliance with Mitt Romney. Charlotte Alter, Time, "The One Where All the Candidates Are Friends," 11 Sep. 2019 In addition to approving Bishop Yao, the authorities allowed a member of the underground church, Bishop Du Jiang of the Bameng diocese, to attend — a tacit form of approval. Ian Johnson, New York Times, "In Landmark Ceremony, a Catholic Bishop Is Installed in China," 28 Aug. 2019 The rise of nationalist populism and centralist progressivism, however, transformed the relationship from one of rivalry to one of at least grudging accommodation if not tacit cooperation against their common foes. John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019 Although Obama never mentioned Trump by name, the statement amounted to a tacit rebuke of the president by a predecessor who has largely kept himself out of the public eye since leaving the White House. Author: Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: When a divisive leader aims to act as the nation’s healer after mass shootings," 6 Aug. 2019

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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

formal : 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 to the movie.

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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