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
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now—he or she is never really in society; a temporary visa is issued with the tacit stipulation that it will be withdrawn and access denied if confidences are betrayed.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.
Recent Examples of tacit from the Web
Certainly there were tensions, but a kind of quiet courtesy and tacit respect prevailed.
Under Noriega, with tacit U.S. approval, Panama was a corrupt center of drug trafficking and money laundering.
Radicalized people will take this as a tacit endorsement, and they will be emboldened.
That’s a tacit endorsement of cap-and-trade limits that Bush originally rejected.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: circa 1650
TACIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tacit for English Language Learners
: expressed or understood without being directly stated
TACIT Defined for Kids
Definition of tacit for Students
: understood or made known without being put into words I have Mom's tacit approval to go to the movie.
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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