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  1. 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 formsac·qui·es·cent·ly, adverbhalf-ac·qui·es·cent, adjectivehalf-ac·qui·es·cent·ly, adverbnon·ac·qui·es·cent, adjectivenon·ac·qui·es·cent·ly, adverbun·ac·qui·es·cent, adjectiveun·ac·qui·es·cent·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for acquiescent

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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.


    John Galsworthy

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

    Skinner's Dress Suit</p>

    Henry Irving Dodge

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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