Definition of tacit in English:

tacit

adjective

  • Understood or implied without being stated.

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

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

Pronunciation:

tacit

/ˈtasət/