Definition of tacit in English:



  • Understood or implied without being stated.

    ‘your silence may be taken to mean tacit agreement’
    • ‘The tacit understanding is that whatever else happens inside is a matter between consenting adults.’
    • ‘Such rituals enable people to conduct business via tacit understandings.’
    • ‘Will they ever come to terms with what was done in their names and, for the most part, with their tacit approval?’
    • ‘In some states tacit agreements may strengthen the majorities of each party in its own constituencies.’
    • ‘Part of the tacit deal, on the evidence of yesterday's speech, is that he goes soft on Labour.’
    • ‘What goes on in these nations therefore occurs with tacit approval of Western nations.’
    • ‘No regime can rule by force alone - they usually rule by consent, whether tacit or explicit.’
    • ‘It was a tacit condoning of torture, brutality and summary execution.’
    • ‘It did so, first by claiming the right, and then by seeking the express or tacit support of other countries.’
    • ‘The tacit admission reinforces the grimmest lesson of the American atrocities.’
    • ‘His continued tacit approval of the coalition is essential to its success.’
    • ‘We agree to pay based on the tacit agreement that other necessities remain reasonable.’
    • ‘Surely they own the site so must have given their tacit agreement before things got this far?’
    • ‘At a recent meeting, the Minister indicated his tacit support for such a model.’
    • ‘There is tacit recognition of this fact within government circles.’
    • ‘Even in conservative Hong Kong, there was a sense of tacit support and envy.’
    • ‘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 Promotion of Volunteering Bill has even gained the tacit support of the government.’
    • ‘It is submitted that this represented no more than a tacit understanding between staff members.’
    implicit, understood, implied, inferred, hinted, suggested, insinuated
    unspoken, unstated, undeclared, unsaid, unexpressed, unmentioned, unvoiced, silent, mute, wordless, not spelt out
    taken for granted, taken as read
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Early 17th century (in the sense ‘wordless, noiseless’): from Latin tacitus, past participle of tacere be silent.