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  • His acquiescence probably had to do with the fact that...   (source)
    acquiescence = reluctant compliance
  • I don't see how this one-year acquiescence to your great-uncle's will could do anything but improve your track record; however, you do have the option to stop this process at any point in time.   (source)
  • Miro acquiesced, saw the reasonableness of the move.   (source)
    acquiesced = reluctantly complied (did what someone else wanted him to do)
  • Xavier acquiesced.   (source)
    acquiesced = reluctantly complied
  • Decades from now, people will look back and wonder how societies could have acquiesced in a sex slave trade in the twenty-first century that, as we've seen, is bigger than the transatlantic slave trade was in the nineteenth.   (source)
  • Though amazed at so curious an objection, the Americans, still smiling, acquiesced:   (source)
    acquiesced = complied
  • each time he was forced to acquiesce to Danny's rendition of a passage   (source)
    acquiesce = reluctantly accept
  • Max glanced at Cooper, who nodded his acquiescence.   (source)
    acquiescence = reluctant compliance
  • She is vaguely sleepy and acquiescent.   (source)
    acquiescent = inclined to comply
  • She seemed not only to acquiesce, to be reconciled to her life and marriage, but to be actually proud of it.   (source)
    acquiesce = reluctantly comply
  • I could not but acquiesce, for I was dog tired, and could not have sat up had I tried.   (source)
  • Haller belongs to those who have been caught between two ages, who are outside of all security and simple acquiescence.   (source)
    acquiescence = reluctant compliance
  • "Well, that ought to be reason enough," he acquiesced.   (source)
    acquiesced = reluctantly complied
  • I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent developments, but I can hardly be expected to make merry over them.   (source)
    acquiesce = reluctantly comply
  • no one has ever suffered such torments ... and yet even to these, habit brought ... a certain callousness of soul, a certain acquiescence of despair;   (source)
    acquiescence = reluctant acceptance
  • We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity,   (source)
    acquiesce = reluctantly comply
  • While Louie hid upstairs on his bunk, sick with fever, he saw the Bird and Kono beat two sick POWs until they acquiesced to the Bird's order to lick excrement from their boots.†   (source)
  • He saw with absolute clarity that he'd lulled himself into acquiescence and complicity.†   (source)
  • …on the 300 block of McKinley Street, but Chip had been replaced by Steve (and there were many discussions about moving in with Steve); at the end of seventh grade, Matt had taken Steve's place, Mom was preparing to move in with Matt, and Mom hoped that I would join her in Dayton; at the end of eighth grade, she demanded that I move to Dayton, and after a brief detour at my dad's house, I acquiesced; at the end of ninth grade, I moved in with Ken—a complete stranger—and his three kids.†   (source)
  • It seemed that the Slovakian government was acquiescing further to Hitler, giving him whatever he wanted.†   (source)
  • Like a lazy parent who found it easier to acquiesce to the whims of a spoiled child than to stand firm and teach values, the Church just kept softening at every turn, trying to reinvent itself to accommodate a culture gone astray.†   (source)
  • "Well, I suppose so," Anne acquiesced.†   (source)
  • From backstage I was uniquely positioned to search the audience for the acquiescent presence of Mr. and Mrs. Meany; they were not there.†   (source)
  • That he will never acquiesce.†   (source)
  • "All right, all right," he says, making a show of his acquiescence.†   (source)
  • Royce took it for acquiescence and turned away.†   (source)
  • Eragon grimaced but acquiesced.†   (source)
  • But some of the things we did, I just—I did just to see if anyone would actually use them, would acquiesce.†   (source)
  • My parents' publisher placed an abashed plea for another Amazing Amy book, and they acquiesced for a lovely fat sum.†   (source)
  • She asked herself whether she should be so acquiescent.†   (source)
  • Sergeant Maples acquiesced to the inevitable and did combat with the defendant that afternoon.†   (source)
  • …when people started to take for themselves items of value in the house, a position that struck Nadia as absurd, and physically dangerous for Saeed besides, and so she had told him not to be an idiot, said it harshly, to protect him rather than to harm him, but he had been shocked by her tone, and while he acquiesced, he wondered if this new way of speaking to one another, this unkindness that was now creeping into their words from time to time, was a sign of where they were headed.†   (source)
  • Of course, for such a thing to happen, there has to be a kind of acquiescence on the part of the victims, some submerged belief that this treatment is deserved, or at least allowable.†   (source)
  • The previous midnight, when Dick had brought her to the room and told Perry that she was going to sleep there, Perry, though disapproving, had acquiesced, but if they imagined that their conduct stimulated him, or seemed to him anything other than a "nuisance," they were wrong.†   (source)
  • The judges reluctantly acquiesced.†   (source)
  • And since they could not bear the truth, these singers, who might in some other place have been wise, were squeezed under the terrible weight of the warren's secret until they gulped out fine folly—about dignity and acquiescence, and anything else that could make believe that the rabbit loved the shining wire.†   (source)
  • She looked so stressed that I acquiesced.†   (source)
  • Her grin got impossibly wider as she read the acquiescence in my eyes.†   (source)
  • There was a grumbling acquiescence, followed by silence.†   (source)
  • As many kings retained their thrones through diplomacy as through conquest, and it made more sense to acquiesce than to go through what would be a pointless loss of soldiers in the name of pride.†   (source)
  • Raleigh began to nod in a gradual, acquiescent way.†   (source)
  • 'Oh, okay, then,' Alvin Brown acquiesced.†   (source)
  • But of all the qualities of the women he met in Addis, the most important was their acquiescence, their availability.†   (source)
  • But like the groupies always do, I acquiesce.†   (source)
  • I'll go easier on them," Cesar seemed to acquiesce.†   (source)
  • She gestured acquiescence, and even more astonishingly, put on her outer coat and gloves before going out the two doors without a single bitter word, or even a resentful glance.†   (source)
  • And although many of these unhappy people may still retain their loyalty …. the torrent of violence has been strong enough to compel their acquiescence till a sufficient force shall appear to support them.†   (source)
  • Modig was surprised that Erlander had acquiesced to Zalachenko's wish to be called Bodin.†   (source)
  • Turning to him, she silently acquiesced.†   (source)
  • She nodded, slowly, holding her head inclined for a long moment hi acquiescence and in homage.†   (source)
  • We've always had this silent acquiescence between us that there were things we both knew but never discussed.†   (source)
  • Neither of us wished to offend the other, and being peers, it was especially difficult for one man to assume a posture of natural authority, or acquiescence.†   (source)
  • Alessandro acquiesced.†   (source)
  • It'll blow apart, as Lin Biao's conspiracy against Mao Zedong blew apart in seventy-two; and when it does, Peking will blame American and Taiwanese money in complicity with the British — as well as the silent acquiescence of the world's leading financial institutions.†   (source)
  • I refused to let Sophie obsess me as a love object, yielding her up willingly again to the older man to whom she so naturally and rightfully belonged, and acquiescing once more in the realization that my claims to her heart had all along been modest and amateurish at best.†   (source)
  • We heard no more sounds, but his shrug showed acquiescence to my gesture as I headed toward it, into the woods, to the right.†   (source)
  • "Acquiescent imbeciles," he said scornfully, "do you think spiritual grace comes from being in want, or from suffering?†   (source)
  • The dead man mattered, the new life mattered; blackness and whiteness did not matter; to believe that they did was to acquiesce in one's own destruction.†   (source)
  • Reaction from the strained state of the last few months was a dulled acquiescence, a numbness, that was almost indifference.†   (source)
  • Hector MacQueen acquiesced willingly in the search.   (source)
    acquiesced = complied
  • not to call them in was to acquiesce in the loss of some of the gems of his collection.   (source)
    acquiesce = reluctantly comply
  • Vera had acquiesced.   (source)
    acquiesced = complied
  • who nodded her head gravely and slowly in acquiescence.   (source)
    acquiescence = reluctant compliance
  • Thinking it would prove of benefit to the scrivener, I acquiesced;   (source)
    acquiesced = complied (did what others wanted)
  • Defarge looked gloomily at his wife, and gave no other answer than a gruff sound of acquiescence.   (source)
    acquiescence = reluctant compliance
  • Poor old fellow, he had not uttered one word of surprise, complaint, fear, or even acquiescence from the very beginning of our troubles till now, when we had laid him down in the log-house to die.   (source)
  • If here and there he was dissatisfied or puzzled, he must acquiesce; she was choosing the better part.   (source)
    acquiesce = comply or accept
  • She had a sense of acquiescing in this plan with the passiveness of a sufferer resigned to the surgeon's touch;   (source)
    acquiescing = reluctantly complying
  • Mr. Woodhouse was to be talked into an acquiescence of his daughter's going out to dinner on a day now near at hand, and spending the whole evening away from him.   (source)
    acquiescence = reluctant consent (agreeing to)
  • 'So it is,' acquiesced Mr. Claypole.   (source)
    acquiesced = reluctantly agreed
  • She curtsied her acquiescence.   (source)
    acquiescence = reluctant compliance
  • Jamie was surprised again by Jeb's easy acquiescence.†   (source)
  • But my brain, the part that understands my daddy, makes me acquiesce.†   (source)
  • As for swearing fealty, see if you can avoid acquiescing.†   (source)
  • The longer we remained here, the easier it would be to acquiesce.†   (source)
  • Claire gradually broke into the slimmest acquiescent grin.†   (source)
  • The warder was intimidated and acquiesced.†   (source)
  • Alessandro positioned his fingers on the keys in a sign of acquiescence.†   (source)
  • In their eagerness, they acquiesced and the little imp became a demon true.†   (source)
  • After a minute, the various men and women began to reluctantly acquiesce to the proposal.†   (source)
  • Almost as long as the silent pause right before Hannah acquiesces.†   (source)
  • Fälldin, still relatively unsure in his role, had acquiesced.†   (source)
  • I understood the system by January, and I acquiesced to its laws by remaining.†   (source)
  • He loved her manner of sleepy acquiescence when they lay on the beach at dusk.†   (source)
  • Arya had acquiesced and seemed relieved to be rid of the novitiate's weight.†   (source)
  • The more barbaric the behavior, the more the population was cowed into acquiescence.†   (source)
  • Keeping to my plan, I acquiesced quietly.†   (source)
  • Acquiescing, he bent down and mended a soldier's torn neck before moving on to one of the Varden.†   (source)
  • I acquiesced to the will of the majority.†   (source)
  • It had been noted by her coworkers that Sato's only acquiescence to physical vanity appeared to be that of plucking her substantial mustache.†   (source)
  • Our womanhood by acquiescence.†   (source)
  • Langdon could tell there would be no deterring her and so he acquiesced, turning his attention back to the pyramid.†   (source)
  • Galileo had no choice but to acquiesce to the church's demands and publish a book giving equal time to both the accurate and inaccurate models.†   (source)
  • But something about his inability to give in, to admit defeat, or to at least acknowledge the incredible power of the technology at Mae's command …. she knew she couldn't give up until she had received some sense of his acquiescence.†   (source)
  • He knew instinctively how to approach, how to touch, how to confuse and distract, so that, fearful or not, the dog found itself acquiescing.†   (source)
  • Vittoria nodded in acquiescence, looking suddenly emotional, as if being here brought with it a torrent of memories.†   (source)
  • Such was the support for Dickinson and the Olive Branch Petition that Adams and his colleagues were left no choice but to acquiesce.†   (source)
  • As she grew older, Gabby acquiesced more to her mother's opinions about clothing and the proper behavior for ladies, simply to avoid feeling guilty.†   (source)
  • Their brother had been much younger when Cersei wed the first time; he might not acquiesce to a second marriage quite so easily.†   (source)
  • To his delighted surprise, the birds collectively acquiesced and flew away in a great screeching mass.†   (source)
  • Nel blinked, but acquiesced.†   (source)
  • Of each erotic experience his memory recorded only the steep and narrow path of sexual conquest: the first piece of verbal aggression, the first touch, the first obscenity he said to her and she to him, the minor perversions he could make her acquiesce in and the ones she held out against.†   (source)
  • What Hazel had not said was that the idea that he should remain in the lane was his own suggestion, and that Fiver had acquiesced only because he could not persuade him to give up the idea of the raid altogether.†   (source)
  • Halfway down, she looked back up at me, and I knew she was still wondering what exactly had precipitated this sudden acquiescence.†   (source)
  • She had been showing some signs of stress, and wincing slightly at the profusion of bright colors, so I expected some sort of irritable outburst, but instead she merely gestured acquiescence.†   (source)
  • It was only when the strain of relations with Vergennes reached the breaking point that Vergennes acquiesced and provided Adams with the necessary passports, relieved to be rid of him.†   (source)
  • She did not answer, she felt as if a word would overfill the fullness of this moment, she merely turned to him with a look of acquiescence that was disarmed, childishly humble and would have been an apology but for its shining joy, He smiled-in amusement, in understanding, almost in comradeship of the things they shared and in sanction of the things she felt.†   (source)
  • First I go limp, pretend to acquiesce.†   (source)
  • Salander grumbled for a moment, but finally she acquiesced and stuffed the folder into her shoulder bag.†   (source)
  • He crossed his limp wrists in his lap and hardly seemed to be breathing as he sat with his gaze drooping toward the floor in acquiescent defeat.†   (source)
  • It wasn't until Cora informed him that Nate had more than enough cause to press charges against him that he acquiesced, although even then he made his displeasure known with repeated phone calls, as well as making it as difficult as he could for Nate to collect his stuff and move in with us for the few days before he left town.†   (source)
  • Some degree of prostitution will probably always be with us, but we need not acquiesce to widespread sexual slavery.†   (source)
  • So deeply are the principles of order, and of obedience to law impressed on the minds of our citizens generally, that I am per-suaded there will be an immediate acquiescence in the will of the majority as if Mr. Adams had been the choice of every man.†   (source)
  • Since this particular chief was a man who never asked questions that might yield unpleasant answers, he acquiesced.†   (source)
  • I acquiesced to this ridiculous request, partly to appease him and partly because the events of the last months had left me unsettled and confused.†   (source)
  • One result was a broad civil rights movement that built coalitions, spotlighted the suffering, and tore away the blinders that allowed good people to acquiesce in racism.†   (source)
  • I would go on with my job, but I could bring to it nothing more than acquiescence.†   (source)
  • History, my friends, does not ask questions or acquiescence.†   (source)
  • To everything the maid was acquiescent, but reluctant and shy as was proper and correct for her.†   (source)
  • I am numbed to tolerance and acquiescence.†   (source)
  • These eyes of hers seemed to have suffered all imaginable suffering and to have acquiesced in it.†   (source)
  • His body was acquiescing better, becoming docile.†   (source)
  • She inclined her head gravely in acquiescence.†   (source)
  • My heart was contracted with misery and dread, but I was ready and acquiescent.†   (source)
  • But the threat was made, and I was prepared to go to Juvenile Court and pass on to the house of correction with a practically Chinese acquiescence in their right to punish that foretold what I'd let be done with me.†   (source)
  • Her hand was concealed in the folds of her dress and he cautiously wormed his hand to it and squeezed it, overwhelmed at his own boldness and at her acquiescence.†   (source)
  • Third, by an impressive expression of the public will and without regard to partisanship, we are committed to the proposition that principles of morality and considerations for our own security will never permit us to acquiesce in a peace dictated by aggressors and sponsored by appeasers.†   (source)
  • In full awareness of the life anguish of the creatures of his hand, in full consciousness of the roaring wilderness of pains, the brain-splitting fires of the deluded, self-ravaging, lustful, angry universe of his creation, this divinity acquiesces in the deed of supplying life to life.†   (source)
  • But the spirit of acquiescence was not in him: he snatched the rod from the man's hand, broke it, smote him solidly in the eye, and dropped gleefully eighteen feet to the ground.†   (source)
  • A Springfield newspaper, the Conservative, opposed him and spoke in moderate language for acquiescence in extending slavery.†   (source)
  • If he is of the more hopeful type, your job is to make him acquiesce in the present low temperature of his spirit and gradually become content with it, persuading himself that it is not so low after all.†   (source)
  • Moreover, softened and acquiescent, the spring with her bees humming and gnats dancing threw her cloak about her, veiled her eyes, averted her head, and among passing shadows and flights of small rain seemed to have taken upon her a knowledge of the sorrows of mankind.†   (source)
  • He had expected eagerness, a kind of tacit apology; or lacking that, an acquiescence that wanted only to be wooed.†   (source)
  • "No," he acquiesced obediently.†   (source)
  • The furious revolt of the first weeks had given place to a vast despondency, not to be taken for resignation, though it was none the less a sort of passive and provisional acquiescence.†   (source)
  • There were also times when he became a whining dotard over night, lay indolently abed for days, and was flabbily acquiescent to his disorder.†   (source)
  • I sat there and listened to his voice and told myself 'Why, he is mad He will decree this marriage for tonight and perform his own ceremony, himself both groom and minister; pronounce his own wild benediction on it with the very bedward candle in his hand… and I mad too, for I will acquiesce, succumb; abet him and plunge down.'†   (source)
  • It was only toward sleep one knew himself still lying on the cobbles, felt the cobbles under him, and over him and scudding ever toward him like a black foam, the perpetual blur of shod and running feet, the broken shoes, new shoes, stubby, pointed, caked, polished, buniony, pavement-beveled, lumpish, under skirts, under trousers, shoes, over one and through one, and feel them all and feel, not pain, not terror, but strangest triumph, strangest acquiescence.†   (source)
  • 'Quite so,' acquiesced Poirot.†   (source)
  • Its eye, that would see through me, shuts—if I sleep now, through slovenliness, or cowardice, burying myself in the past, in the dark; or acquiesce, as Bernard acquiesces, telling stories; or boast, as Percival, Archie, John, Walter, Lathom, Larpent, Roper, Smith boast—the names are the same always, the names of the boasting boys.†   (source)
  • Indeed the voice might resume, as the curtains of dark wrapped themselves over the house, over Mrs. Beckwith, Mr. Carmichael, and Lily Briscoe so that they lay with several folds of blackness on their eyes, why not accept this, be content with this, acquiesce and resign?†   (source)
  • So that at last he had to say it himself, that he intended to return; and maybe he knew that he had lost that move since there was nothing whatever in the lawyer's face save an agent's acquiescence.†   (source)
  • They looked, she thought, as if fate had devoted them to some stern enterprise, and they went to it, still young enough to be drawn acquiescent in their father's wake, obediently, but with a pallor in their eyes which made her feel that they suffered something beyond their years in silence.†   (source)
  • He lay ready for sleep, without sleeping, without seeming to need the sleep, as he would place his stomach acquiescent for food which it did not seem to desire or need.†   (source)
  • And he would go, either struggling clumsily and screaming eloquent abuse at his suppliant captors, or jovially acquiescent, bellowing a wanton song of his youth along the latticed crescent, and through the supper-silent highways of the town.†   (source)
  • Its eye, that would see through me, shuts—if I sleep now, through slovenliness, or cowardice, burying myself in the past, in the dark; or acquiesce, as Bernard acquiesces, telling stories; or boast, as Percival, Archie, John, Walter, Lathom, Larpent, Roper, Smith boast—the names are the same always, the names of the boasting boys.†   (source)
  • "It was Henry's probation; Henry holding all three of them in that durance to which even Judith acquiesced up to a certain point She did not know what happened in the library that night I don't think she ever did, suspected, until that afternoon four years later when she saw them again, when they brought Bon's body into the house and she found in his coat the photograph which was not her face, not her child; she just waked the next morning and they were gone and only the letter, the…†   (source)
  • Now there are times when a whole generation is caught in this way between two ages, two modes of life, with the consequence that it loses all power to understand itself and has no standard, no security, no simple acquiescence.†   (source)
  • I acquiesced.†   (source)
  • …like the clothing which without doubt and for a time at least he had to sleep in as well as live in, and in a country and among a people whose very language he had to learn and where because of this he was to make that mistake which if he had acquiesced to it would not even have been an error and which, since he refused to accept it or be stopped by it, became his doom; —that unsleeping care which must have known that it could permit itself but one mistake; that alertness for measuring…†   (source)
  • It did not matter to them (Quentin and Shreve) anyway, who could without moving, as free now of flesh as the father who decreed and forbade, the son who denied and repudiated, the lover who acquiesced, the beloved who was not bereaved, and with no tedious transition from hearth and garden (granted the garden) to saddle, be already clattering over the frozen ruts of that December night and that Christmas dawn, that day of peace and cheer, of holly and goodwill and logs on the hearth;…†   (source)
  • …not her child; she just waked the next morning and they were gone and only the letter, the note, remaining, the note written by Henry since doubtless he refused to allow Bon to write—this announcement of the armistice, the probation, and Judith acquiescing up to that point, who would have refused as quickly to obey any injunction of her father as Henry had been to defy him yet who did obey Henry in this matter—not the male relative, the brother, but because of that relationship between…†   (source)
  • …borrowed at the last moment and of necessity for a masquerade which she did not want to attend: that aura of a creature cloistered now by deliberate choice and still in the throes of enforced apprenticeship to, rather than voluntary or even acquiescent participation in, breathing—this bound maidservant to flesh and blood waiting even now to escape it by writing a schoolgirl's poetry about the also-dead—the face, the smallest face in company, watching him across the table with still and…†   (source)
  • …lighted by a handful of burning hair, something in a tongue which not even the girls themselves understand anymore, maybe not even the crone herself, rooted in nothing of economics for her or for any possible progeny since the very fact that we acquiesced, suffered the farce, was her proof and assurance of that which the ceremony itself could never enforce; vesting no new rights in anyone, denying to none the old—a ritual as meaningless as that of college boys in secret rooms at night,…†   (source)
  • She acquiesced, however, and he took her name and address.†   (source)
  • They all acquiesced to this, even Kells slowly nodding his head.†   (source)
  • The other rider nodded gloomy acquiescence.†   (source)
  • Jett nodded a significant acquiescence to that query, and then went about his tasks.†   (source)
  • In reality, she was drifting into acquiescence.†   (source)
  • I risk it only because I am convinced of your complete acquiescence.†   (source)
  • And he himself acquiesced, as so many men do, yielding their place to their children.†   (source)
  • At last he brought her to a sulky acquiescence in which she promised to do all he advised.†   (source)
  • Madeline felt herself more forced than persuaded into acquiescence.†   (source)
  • But now, instead of protesting as at first he feared that she might, Roberta was moved to acquiesce.†   (source)
  • Helen smiled her acquiescence and Bo replied with one of her forceful speeches.†   (source)
  • The chief's hands swept up in a gesture of surprise and acquiescence.†   (source)
  • Venters sullenly acquiesced to the idea that the rider had been too quick and too shrewd for him.†   (source)
  • "That's rather cruel," he answered; but acquiesced.†   (source)
  • So on nodding acquiescence to him he asked them what they had seen or done.†   (source)
  • Carrie protested a while, but acquiesced.†   (source)
  • How she had lectured, reasoned, and in despair acquiesced!†   (source)
  • "It would be a good scheme," acquiesced Arobin.†   (source)
  • Mr. Beebe, who was hot, and who always acquiesced where possible, looked around him.†   (source)
  • The spare form flexibly acquiesced, but inertly.†   (source)
  • Tacitly, she acquiesced in what he felt.†   (source)
  • He passively acquiesced in her wish to go in, and they entered by the western door.†   (source)
  • The policeman nodded acquiescence, and the man kneeling down placed his bag beside him.†   (source)
  • He cheerfully acquiesced in this, and I gave him the same time as before for reduction.†   (source)
  • We could only make her happy, and so acquiesced.†   (source)
  • Mrs Smith gave a most good-humoured acquiescence.†   (source)
  • She promised acquiescence, and tried to obey.†   (source)
  • Jobling nods intelligence and acquiescence.†   (source)
  • I listened attentively to the good old fellow, and acquiesced, with all my heart, in what he said.†   (source)
  • The sick man made an impatient gesture, which Ralph chose to consider as one of acquiescence.†   (source)
  • Their demand was fair, and the chief inclined his head in sign of acquiescence.†   (source)
  • Andy shrugged his shoulders, and gave an acquiescent whistle.†   (source)
  • Silence always produces somewhat the effect of acquiescence, of the enemy being driven to the wall.†   (source)
  • This accounted for Mrs. Yeobright's acquiescence in the revival of an evidently sore subject.†   (source)
  • I acquiesced, of course, knowing nothing to the contrary.†   (source)
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