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[ak-wee-es-uh nt] /ˌæk wiˈɛs ənt/
disposed to acquiesce or consent tacitly.
Origin of acquiescent
First recorded in 1745-55, acquiescent is from the Latin word acquiēscent- (stem of acquiēscēns, present participle of acquiēscere). See acquiesce, -ent
Related forms
acquiescently, adverb
half-acquiescent, adjective
half-acquiescently, adverb
nonacquiescent, adjective
nonacquiescently, adverb
unacquiescent, adjective
unacquiescently, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • An acquiescent fool for a son-in-law, a kind of gentlemanly valet!

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • Andy shrugged his shoulders, and gave an acquiescent whistle.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Her state of mind was strangely quiescent and acquiescent in all that was done to her or for her.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • But this acquiescent murmur made him long to smooth it down.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Skinner, the acquiescent one, putting his foot down like that!

    Skinner's Dress Suit

    Henry Irving Dodge
  • He hurls at you this book of his own deeds that it may smite you into acquiescent admiration.

  • He had intended that the smile should be acquiescent, but it had been as cold as steel.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • He was full of the new possibilities, and his wife was acquiescent.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • It was his custom to laugh a great deal, in his acquiescent, wilful manner.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Word Origin and History for acquiescent

1690s (implied in acquiescently), from Latin acquiescentem (nominative acquiescens), present participle of acquiescere (see acquiesce).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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