Definition of tacit in English:

tacit

Syllabification: tac·it
Pronunciation: /ˈtasit
 
/

adjective

Understood or implied without being stated: your silence may be taken to mean tacit agreement
More example sentences
  • The informal system consists largely in tacit agreements and understandings.
  • The two main parties have become a cartel, operating a tacit understanding not to broach any important issue.
  • The tacit understanding is that whatever else happens inside is a matter between consenting adults.
Synonyms
implicit, understood, implied, hinted, suggested; unspoken, unstated, unsaid, unexpressed, unvoiced; taken for granted, taken as read, inferred

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'wordless, noiseless'): from Latin tacitus, past participle of tacere 'be silent'.

Derivatives

tacitly

adverb
More example sentences
  • The idea that free speech is divisible - that you can ban some forms of speech without impacting on others - has been tacitly accepted.
  • But as the government now tacitly admits, neither of these allegations is true.
  • Socially, most societies at least tolerate the use of alcohol, and many at least tacitly encourage it.

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