- understood without being openly expressed; implied: tacit approval.
- silent; saying nothing: a tacit partner.
- unvoiced or unspoken: a tacit prayer.
Origin of tacit
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for tacit
Meese, with the tacit acquiescence of other top officials, had laid out a version of events all were expected to uphold.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations
November 3, 2014
At the same time, this focus on pragmatism is a tacit acknowledgment from the president.The Flaw in My Brother’s Keeper
February 28, 2014
The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party.A Clever Move by Senate Republicans
February 27, 2013
There is, in the cancellation, a tacit admission of culpability where there is none.‘Luck’ Runs Out: If Horses Die While Cameras Roll, You Must Quit
March 16, 2012
The same feeling of exclusion feeds the present distrust of police and the tacit acceptance of violence fueling the current riots.British Police Hobbled by Their Own Prejudice
Joseph D. McNamara
August 9, 2011
We had by tacit consent begun to walk down the path toward the road.In the Valley
A far-spreading, tacit complicity had hitherto saved him from the police.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Now you know this phrase is a tacit confession that all that has been said before is false.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Her father, by a hundred tacit signs, rejected her affection.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
Her reliance on his secrecy, and his tacit acquiescence, increased his distress of mind.Barnaby Rudge
- implied or inferred without direct expression; understooda tacit agreement
- created or having effect by operation of law, rather than by being directly expressed
Word Origin and History for tacit
c.1600, from French tacite, from Latin tacitus "that is passed over in silence, done without words, assumed, silent," prop. past participle of tacere "to be silent," from PIE root *tak- "to be silent" (cf. Gothic þahan, Old Norse þegja "to be silent," Old Norse þagna "to grow dumb," Old Saxon thagian, Old High German dagen "to be silent"). The musical instruction tacet is the 3rd person present singular of the Latin verb.