Adjective "acquiescent" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Ready to accept something without protest, or to do what someone else wants.
  1. 'His view is that conventional education means teaching children to accept social roles constructed by a white, Western, middle-class elite, and is tantamount to a form of marginalisation, resulting in acquiescent individuals.'
  2. 'These cherished principles of science are jeopardised by the philistinism of the contemporary political elite, a trend towards which many scientific and medial authorities are, unfortunately, acquiescent.'
  3. 'A difficult thing to do and made more so when you've grown accustomed to the shelter provided by an acquiescent state leadership seemingly incapable or unwilling to bring you to heel.'
  4. 'These people are more passive and acquiescent than the average person; they tend to let others walk all over them.'
  5. 'But in a short time he seemed entirely to change his opinion and to bring it in line with the traditionally acquiescent approach of the government.'
  6. 'Hofmannsthal, perhaps fearing for the future of their collaboration, was unusually acquiescent.'
  7. 'Many doctors continue to think that some individual patients are simply more susceptible to the placebo effect than others - more gullible, more neurotic or more acquiescent to authority.'
  8. 'Indeed, Menand's enthusiasm for commercialism and pop culture goes far toward explaining why his work seems so acquiescent.'
  9. 'A skeptical press is essential to a healthy and functioning democracy, and the consequences of such an acquiescent media are frightening.'
  10. 'He is dismayed by the indifference of the public to its own peril, but it is the acquiescent dismay of an older man.'

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1. disposed to acquiesce or consent tacitly.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be acquiescent in arms."

"people can be acquiescent."

"legislatures can be acquiescent."

"unions can be acquiescent."

"tempers can be acquiescent."

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