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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-wee-es-uh ns]
    • /ˌæk wiˈɛs əns/
    • /ˌæk.wiˈes.ənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-wee-es-uh ns]
    • /ˌæk wiˈɛs əns/

Definitions of acquiescence word

  • uncountable noun acquiescence Acquiescence is agreement to do what someone wants, or acceptance of what they do even though you do not agree with it. 3
  • noun acquiescence the act of acquiescing; agreement or consent without protest 3
  • noun acquiescence 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. 1
  • noun acquiescence Law. such neglect to take legal proceedings for such a long time as to imply the abandonment of a right. 1
  • noun acquiescence The reluctant acceptance of something without protest. 1
  • noun acquiescence agreement, consent 1

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Origin of acquiescence

First appearance:

before 1625
One of the 42% oldest English words
First recorded in 1625-35; acquiesce + -ence

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Parts of speech for Acquiescence


acquiescence popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for acquiescence

noun acquiescence

  • consent — If you give your consent to something, you give someone permission to do it.
  • concurrence — Someone's concurrence is their agreement to something.
  • acceptance — Acceptance of an offer or a proposal is the act of saying yes to it or agreeing to it.
  • assent — If someone gives their assent to something that has been suggested, they formally agree to it.
  • yielding — inclined to give in; submissive; compliant: a timid, yielding man.

Antonyms for acquiescence

noun acquiescence

  • refusal — an act or instance of refusing.
  • dissent — to differ in sentiment or opinion, especially from the majority; withhold assent; disagree (often followed by from): Two of the justices dissented from the majority decision.
  • resistance — the act or power of resisting, opposing, or withstanding.
  • denial — A denial of something is a statement that it is not true, does not exist, or did not happen.
  • veto — the power or right vested in one branch of a government to cancel or postpone the decisions, enactments, etc., of another branch, especially the right of a president, governor, or other chief executive to reject bills passed by the legislature.

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