- understood without being openly expressed; implied: tacit approval.
- silent; saying nothing: a tacit partner.
- unvoiced or unspoken: a tacit prayer.
Origin of tacit
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Examples from the Web for tacitly
One expects that an ecstatically rendered sex scene would follow, but their first night together is only tacitly referenced.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
With this new development, LEGO tacitly undermined its own claims to neutrality.Why It Took LEGO So Long to Get the Memo: Girls Like Science, Too
August 6, 2014
Cheney tacitly bashed Paul last month, saying an “increasing strain of isolationism” is taking over their party.Will Rand Paul’s Unorthodox Foreign Policy Fit in the GOP?
Kristen Soltis Anderson
April 9, 2014
In short, everyone quickly and tacitly agreed that the whole situation could probably be summed up in a single word: racism.Why Is Israel’s Red Cross Rejecting Ethiopian Blood?
December 13, 2013
The Gulf States, now tacitly aligned with Israel against Iran, could make this alliance official and openly coordinated.America Can Want Peace More
March 19, 2013
There is nothing of novelty to them in this tacitly shared sense of gloom.In the Valley
It was as if they had tacitly agreed to take their different provinces.Little Dorrit
In the southern district this division is tacitly agreed upon.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
A woman that does not make a noise after an attempt of that kind has tacitly condoned the offence.Victory
They two had tacitly agreed not to be bound by common sense,—not to be wise.Is He Popenjoy?
- 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 tacitly
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.