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now—he or she is never really in society; a temporary visa is issued with the tacit stipulation that it will be withdrawn and access denied if confidences are betrayed.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 The agreement is also a tacit acknowledgment of Mr. Murphy’s approval ratings, which were 67 percent in a June poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University based on a generally positive view of his handling of the pandemic. Tracey Tully, New York Times, "Deal Reached in N.J. for ‘Millionaires Tax’ to Address Fiscal Crisis," 17 Sep. 2020 While the suspects were not charged as part of an operation sanctioned by the Chinese government, federal prosecutors and the FBI believed the group’s far-flung activities had won the tacit approval of Beijing. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "5 Chinese citizens at large, 2 Malaysian suspects arrested in global hacking campaign targeting gaming," 16 Sep. 2020 Cox's list of battleground states contained a tacit acknowledgment that many places Trump carried in 2016 are now in doubt. Stephen Groves, Star Tribune, "At Sturgis, Trump supporters look to turn bikers into voters," 14 Aug. 2020 As political tensions rise ahead of the November election, these tacit calls for bloodshed could have deadly and disastrous consequences. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Violent Delights of the Trumpian Right," 28 Aug. 2020 The decision to not write a platform is less a gesture of surrender and more an acknowledgment of the tacit arrangement the president has made with the party. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why the GOP Didn’t Write a New Platform," 27 Aug. 2020 While Osprey doesn't offer an official warranty, there's a tacit understanding that the company will support the product if gremlins creep up. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "2020 Osprey Defender Reimagines the Classic Land Rover Defender," 27 Aug. 2020 The first lady said her husband would not rest until a COVID-19 vaccine is available, a tacit acknowledgment of the high human costs of the virus, over 178,000 dead. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "First Lady Melania Trump offers sympathy for COVID-19 victims and addresses racial unrest," 26 Aug. 2020 The community has enjoyed the tacit approval of local authorities yet kept a low profile to avoid triggering reactions from the Arab street. Aron Heller, Star Tribune, "Israelis eager to tighten ties to UAE after historic accord," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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23 Sep 2020

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“Tacit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tacit. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for tacit

tacit

adjective
How to pronounce tacit (audio)

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

Other Words from tacit

tacitly adverb

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