Definition of tacit in English:

tacit

adjective

  • Understood or implied without being stated.

    ‘your silence may be taken to mean tacit agreement’
    • ‘It is submitted that this represented no more than a tacit understanding between staff members.’
    • ‘Will they ever come to terms with what was done in their names and, for the most part, with their tacit approval?’
    • ‘What goes on in these nations therefore occurs with tacit approval of Western nations.’
    • ‘The Promotion of Volunteering Bill has even gained the tacit support of the government.’
    • ‘Part of the tacit deal, on the evidence of yesterday's speech, is that he goes soft on Labour.’
    • ‘In some states tacit agreements may strengthen the majorities of each party in its own constituencies.’
    • ‘The tacit understanding is that whatever else happens inside is a matter between consenting adults.’
    • ‘His continued tacit approval of the coalition is essential to its success.’
    • ‘Such rituals enable people to conduct business via tacit understandings.’
    • ‘The tacit admission reinforces the grimmest lesson of the American atrocities.’
    • ‘No regime can rule by force alone - they usually rule by consent, whether tacit or explicit.’
    • ‘Even in conservative Hong Kong, there was a sense of tacit support and envy.’
    • ‘It did so, first by claiming the right, and then by seeking the express or tacit support of other countries.’
    • ‘It was a tacit condoning of torture, brutality and summary execution.’
    • ‘The informal system consists largely in tacit agreements and understandings.’
    • ‘There is tacit recognition of this fact within government circles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The two main parties have become a cartel, operating a tacit understanding not to broach any important issue.’
    • ‘We agree to pay based on the tacit agreement that other necessities remain reasonable.’
    implicit, understood, implied, inferred, hinted, suggested, insinuated
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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘wordless, noiseless’): from Latin tacitus, past participle of tacere ‘be silent’.

Pronunciation

tacit

/ˈtasɪt/