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now—he or she is never really in society; a temporary visa is issued with the tacit stipulation that it will be withdrawn and access denied if confidences are betrayed.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 protesters had tacit approval from the city to camp for one night, but were told to vacate the parks by the following morning. oregonlive, "A decade in review: the biggest Oregon news of the last 10 years," 31 Dec. 2019 The British royals often attracted headlines for the wrong reasons in 2019, and the Queen's comments are likely to be interpreted by many as a tacit acknowledgement of these personal challenges. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Says This Year Has "Felt Quite Bumpy" at Times During Her Annual Christmas Message," 24 Dec. 2019 In 1998, and with Carpenter’s tacit blessing, the Olympics got in on the act, in hopes of injecting some youth into an older-skewing program filled with ski jumpers, bobsledders, figure skaters and hockey players. Eddie Pells, Anchorage Daily News, "Snowboarding visionary Jake Burton Carpenter dies at 65," 22 Nov. 2019 Brady has expressed uncertainty or tacit disapproval with the offense all season. BostonGlobe.com, "Against Eagles, fuming Tom Brady loses patience with offense of smoke and mirrors," 18 Nov. 2019 Its initiative is a tacit acknowledgement by the Fed of its peculiar economic quandary. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fed’s odd dilemma: Low unemployment but pressure to do more," 8 Oct. 2019 Mr Putin denies any Russian involvement in the atrocity, but his eagerness to obtain Mr Tsemakh, who is not a Russian citizen, is a tacit acknowledgement of guilt. The Economist, "Ukraine and Russia exchange prisoners in a modest step towards peace," 7 Sep. 2019 In that regard, mowing the lawn constitutes a tacit admission of strategic bankruptcy. Andrew Bacevich, Twin Cities, "Andrew Bacevich: Why President Trump can’t end ‘endless wars’," 13 Dec. 2019 On October 10th President Donald Trump tweeted that America had taken custody of the most notorious prisoners and moved them out of the country—a tacit admission that Turkey was not up to the job of holding them. The Economist, "Turkey launches an attack on northern Syria," 10 Oct. 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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The first known use of tacit was circa 1650

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11 Jan 2020

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“Tacit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tacitly. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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