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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ All his kind generally wanted was a quick flirtation, an acquiescent woman, and a no-strings parting the following morning.
▪ Clara switches from being aggressive to being acquiescent and Lucio does the reverse.
▪ I will not have her think me acquiescent in her schemes.
▪ There were fears that it was intended to remove him and substitute some one more acquiescent.
▪ To find one who was less than acquiescent must have been a considerable shock.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Acquiescent \Ac`qui*es"cent\, a. [L. acquiescens, -centis; p. pr.] Resting satisfied or submissive; disposed tacitly to submit; assentive; as, an acquiescent policy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1690s (implied in acquiescently), from Latin acquiescentem (nominative acquiescens), present participle of acquiescere (see acquiesce).


a. 1 willing to acquiesce, accept or agree to something without objection, protest or resistance 2 resting satisfied or submissive; disposed tacitly to submit; assentive; as, an acquiescent policy.


adj. willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another without protest; "too acquiescent to challenge authority"; "a gentle and biddable soul"; "children compliant with the parental will" [syn: biddable, compliant]

Usage examples of "acquiescent".

Parachute troops had invaded the Netherlands Indies, Thailand was occupied and Indochina was opened up by the acquiescent Vichy regime, bringing the Japanese forward to the eastern frontier of Burma.

Thenceforth, he contented himself with quick looks and glances, easily interpreted, or by some acquiescent motions of his hands, when such could be convenient, to emphasise his idea of the correctness of any inference.

Guardian sends messages of consolation to you and all the friends in this bereavement, and he says that in this calamitous time all must bow down their heads and be acquiescent, arise in faithful service to His Cause, and model themselves upon that most exalted, sacred and resplendent presence.

She had thought the woman strident and hysterical and thoughtless for persisting in her plans for the next day in face of her own faint, barely acquiescent smiles, and a poor, feckless, fashionless housewife for thrusting those unwanted saucepans on the cook.

Evidently the great cow elephants had not been much exercised since the king had run away on one of their sisters, so the stable men were pleased and acquiescent when we inquired, through Yissun, if we might ride a gajah.

The prestidigitator and the audience have entered into what I term the Pact of Acquiescent Sorcery.

The Valeur siblings, shocked and disoriented, went mechanically about their tasks, moving from Armoury to Sepulchre and back again in a wretched acquiescent stupor.

That realization gives sorcerers the courage to be patient and yet take action, courage to be acquiescent without being stupid.

It might be it was simply the disposition of moon-folk to be acquiescent, for reasons such folk understood, but he could not persuade himself to trust that chance, no more than he could entirely persuade himself that the clockwork machines were harmless to intruders.

And then Blix, seeing him thus acquiescent, said: "Well, it's all settled.

By ignoring or despising them now he understood himself to be more than half in love with Claire already, and entirely acquiescent to the idea of loving her.

Jahet looked satisfied, though she wondered at this new, acquiescent side of her soul mate.