Tacit definition

tăsĭt
Not spoken.

Indicated tacit approval by smiling and winking.

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(law) Happening without contract but by operation of law.
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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.

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Implied by or inferred from actions or statements.

Management has given its tacit approval to the plan.

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Done or made in silence; implied, but not expressed; silent; as, tacit consent is consent by silence, or by not interposing an objection.
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Not expressed or declared openly, but implied or understood.

Tacit approval.

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(logic) Not derived from formal principles of reasoning; based on induction rather than deduction.
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Unspoken; silent.
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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.
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(archaic) Not speaking; silent.
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(now rare) Saying nothing; still.
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Origin of tacit

  • Latin tacitus silent past participle of tacēre to be silent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin tacitus (“that is passed over in silence, done without words, assumed as a matter of course, silent"), from tacere (“to be silent").

    From Wiktionary