- 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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- 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 tacitness
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.