See also: tàcit and Tàcit



Borrowed from late Middle French tacite, or from Latin tacitus (that is passed over in silence, done without words, assumed as a matter of course, silent), from tacere (to be silent).


  • IPA(key): /ˈtæsɪt/
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  • Rhymes: -æsɪt


tacit (comparative more tacit, superlative most tacit)

  1. Expressed in silence; implied, but not made explicit; silent.
    tacit consent : consent by silence, or by not raising an objection
    • 1983, Stanley Rosen, Plato’s Sophist: The Drama of Original & Image, page 62:
      He does this by way of a tacit reference to Homer.
    • 2004, Developing Democracy in Europe: An Analytical Summary (Lawrence Pratchett, Vivien Lowndes; →ISBN:
      [] disengagement represents a tacit rejection of governing institutions and processes, especially among young people, []
  2. (logic) Not derived from formal principles of reasoning; based on induction rather than deduction.

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