[ak-wee-es-uh nt]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of acquiescent

Historical Examples of acquiescent

  • 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

    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