The definition of tacit is understood or implied without being openly said or shown.
An example of tacit is a boy who has his father's approval to do something even though they have never talked about it.
- Now Rare saying nothing; still
- unspoken; silent
- not expressed or declared openly, but implied or understood: tacit approval
- Law happening without contract but by operation of law
Origin of tacitfrom French or L: French tacite from Classical Latin tacitus, past participle of tacere, to be silent from Indo-European base an unverified form tak?-, to be silent from source Gothic thahan, Old Norse thegja
- Not spoken: indicated tacit approval by smiling and winking.
- Implied by or inferred from actions or statements: Management has given its tacit approval to the plan.
- Archaic Not speaking; silent.
Origin of tacitLatin tacitus silent past participle of tacēre to be silent
(comparative more tacit, superlative most tacit)
tacit - Legal Definition
Something implied but not actually named, for example, there was a tacit understanding that if she testified against her co-conspirator, she would not have to spend any time in prison.