[ak-wee-es-uh ns]


the act or condition of acquiescing or giving tacit assent; agreement or consent by silence or without objection; compliance (usually followed by to or in): acquiescence to his boss's demands.
Law. such neglect to take legal proceedings for such a long time as to imply the abandonment of a right.

Origin of acquiescence

First recorded in 1625–35; acquiesce + -ence
Related formsnon·ac·qui·es·cence, noun
Can be confusedacquiescence permission Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of acquiescence

Historical Examples of acquiescence

  • Peter read it very deliberately, then he nodded in acquiescence.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • And has he not promised temper and acquiescence, on the supposition of a change in my mind?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Then she drew a long breath, and bowed her head on her hands in an acquiescence that was like prayer.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Her feelings might have been assuaged by a clean hearth and some acquiescence in her own mood.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Then she smiled graciously and nodded her head in token of acquiescence.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

Word Origin and History for acquiescence

1630s, "act of acquiescing," from French acquiescence, noun of action from acquiescer (see acquiesce). Meaning "silent consent" is recorded from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper