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now—he or she is never really in society; a temporary visa is issued with the tacit stipulation that it will be withdrawn and access denied if confidences are betrayed.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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Peace Now said in a new report that Israeli settlers have founded 32 remote West Bank outposts since 2012, often with tacit government support. Washington Post, "Israeli group says West Bank outposts boom under Trump," 23 July 2019 This statement from the character Elizabeth Howard (Crystal Fox) to her daughter Bonnie Carlson, on Episode 2 of Big Little Lies’s second season, seemed to be the show’s tacit acknowledgment of its glaring, first-season blind spot. Shamira Ibrahim, The Atlantic, "Will Big Little Lies Finally Show Up for Bonnie?," 21 July 2019 The bill has the tacit support of the White House, as members of the senator’s staff have had discussions with their counterparts with the administration, the person said. Daniel Flatley And Glen Carey / Bloomberg, Time, "New Senate Bill Proposes Restrictions on U.S. Visas for Saudi Royal Family," 10 July 2019 In hosting the Japanese designer Tomo Koizumi at his store, Jacobs made tacit acknowledgment of that. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of New York Fashion Week Fall 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 While limiting gaming sessions might not seem like a human rights violation, some data privacy advocates describe the companies who agree to China’s demands as tacit accomplices in an authoritarian social control scheme. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The FBI and the DWP," 23 July 2019 The United States and Britain have accused Iran of sabotaging six tankers in a tacit threat to gulf shipping routes. Stephen Castle, BostonGlobe.com, "UK warns Iran of ‘serious consequences’ for seizing oil tanker," 20 July 2019 Its tacit assumption seems to be that the highest human virtues are manly ones. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Rudyard Kipling loved Vermont. Then he had to leave it.," 15 July 2019 Letting them stay is tacit approval of their actions and a license to repeat. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Will Alameda City Council members remain despite abuses?," 11 July 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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