Definition of acquiescent in English:


Syllabification: ac·qui·es·cent
Pronunciation: /ˌakwēˈes(ə)nt


Ready to accept something without protest, or to do what someone else wants: the unions were acquiescent and there was no overt conflict
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  • The better-off refuse payment for services they accept while their victims are so servile and acquiescent that they make no protest.
  • His anxiety proneness seems less pronounced now than it was in 1985, but in spite of this he proved to be abnormally suggestible, compliant and acquiescent.
  • Feminist folklore theory shows that women's practices are resistant as well as acquiescent, contingent as well as contextual.
compliant, complying, consenting, cooperative, willing, obliging, agreeable, amenable, tractable, persuadable, pliant, flexible, unprotesting;
submissive, servile, subservient, obsequious, self-effacing, unassertive, yielding, biddable, docile, deferential
rare obeisant, longanimous


early 17th century: from Latin acquiescent- 'remaining at rest', from the verb acquiescere (see acquiesce).

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