Definition of acquiescent in US English:



  • Ready to accept something without protest, or to do what someone else wants.

    ‘the unions were acquiescent and there was no overt conflict’
    • ‘He is dismayed by the indifference of the public to its own peril, but it is the acquiescent dismay of an older man.’
    • ‘These cherished principles of science are jeopardised by the philistinism of the contemporary political elite, a trend towards which many scientific and medial authorities are, unfortunately, acquiescent.’
    • ‘His view is that conventional education means teaching children to accept social roles constructed by a white, Western, middle-class elite, and is tantamount to a form of marginalisation, resulting in acquiescent individuals.’
    • ‘But in a short time he seemed entirely to change his opinion and to bring it in line with the traditionally acquiescent approach of the government.’
    • ‘More often than not, he possessed an acquiescent nature, which made it easy to work alongside him in combination with his quick thinking and street smarts.’
    • ‘Indeed, Menand's enthusiasm for commercialism and pop culture goes far toward explaining why his work seems so acquiescent.’
    • ‘The public is generally acquiescent on matters like this and the right, the most vocal voice in the country's politics, was able to drown out any voices of dissent.’
    • ‘His anxiety proneness seems less pronounced now than it was in 1985, but in spite of this he proved to be abnormally suggestible, compliant and acquiescent.’
    • ‘These people are more passive and acquiescent than the average person; they tend to let others walk all over them.’
    • ‘A skeptical press is essential to a healthy and functioning democracy, and the consequences of such an acquiescent media are frightening.’
    • ‘Boys are learning that they are supposed to be the dominant sex and that they can treat girls as submissive and acquiescent.’
    • ‘Feminist folklore theory shows that women's practices are resistant as well as acquiescent, contingent as well as contextual.’
    • ‘These three instances may be only the tip of the iceberg as the government can usually rely on acquiescent federal judges or coerced plea bargains to keep most of its dirty laundry out of view.’
    • ‘The better-off refuse payment for services they accept while their victims are so servile and acquiescent that they make no protest.’
    • ‘Our predecessors of a century ago or in the midst of the Second World War would be astounded at how acquiescent our policy-makers are about this prospect.’
    • ‘These previously centralised and often acquiescent unions have faced a dramatic restructuring of the social relations of production and service of equal if not greater magnitude than in manufacturing.’
    • ‘Hofmannsthal, perhaps fearing for the future of their collaboration, was unusually acquiescent.’
    • ‘Many doctors continue to think that some individual patients are simply more susceptible to the placebo effect than others - more gullible, more neurotic or more acquiescent to authority.’
    • ‘Those running the campaign clearly counted on the influence of impressive propagandists and the help they received from an often acquiescent mainstream press.’
    • ‘A difficult thing to do and made more so when you've grown accustomed to the shelter provided by an acquiescent state leadership seemingly incapable or unwilling to bring you to heel.’
    compliant, complying, consenting, cooperative, willing, obliging, agreeable, amenable, tractable, persuadable, easily persuaded, pliant, flexible, easy, unprotesting, resigned
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Early 17th century: from Latin acquiescent- ‘remaining at rest’, from the verb acquiescere (see acquiesce).