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Daemon
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tacit

(adjective) Implied by or inferred from actions or statements.

Synonyms: understood, silent

Usage: Management has given its tacit approval to the plan.
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Tacit
is a straightforward borrowing from tacitus, the past participle of the Latin verb tacere. Thomas’s 1587 Dictionarium Linguae Latinae et Anglicanae includes the Latin word both as verb and in its adjectival form, defining the adjective as:

"That holdeth his peace and is still, quiet, saying nothing, without noise; also that is not spoken of, kept secret, that is let paße without any mention, passing on their course without noise, or passing away ere we perceive and beware; not uttered in wordes .secret, inward, dumme, speechles, causing one to hold his peace."

Additionally, Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary notes that the verb was also a term of art in Roman jurisprudence, meaning “done without words, assumed as a matter of course, silent, implied” (1833). All of these Latin senses are represented in English citations in the OED from the early seventeenth century and remain current today.


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thar
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Always makes me grin when I think of how much Tacitus seems so have written about everything and everybody (and that is just what survived - Lord knows how much he wrote!). I always think he should have been a bit quieter. - As the music score says - tacet!
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When you make an assumption, you make an ass of u & umption! - NeuroticHellFem
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always formed this word tough to pronu.
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TACIT WITH A NAIL OR THUMB TAC.
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