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Definition reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
  • She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly accept
  • You can make them acquiesce, but don't expect them to be happy about it.
  • acquiesce = reluctantly accept
  • I needed the money, though, so I'd bitten my tongue and acquiesced.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • acquiesced = reluctantly complied
  • In the end she had won, and her father had acquiesced against his better judgment.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • acquiesced = reluctantly complied (agreed)
  • Defarge looked gloomily at his wife, and gave no other answer than a gruff sound of acquiescence.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • acquiescence = reluctant compliance
  • We were accustomed to prompt, if not always cheerful acquiescence to Atticus's instructions, but from the way he stood Jem was not thinking of budging.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • acquiescence = compliance (doing what has been asked)
  • I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent developments, but I can hardly be expected to make merry over them.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • acquiesce = reluctantly comply
  • I had wished her out of my life, and she had acquiesced, floating out of her body to escape my terrible hatred.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • acquiesced = reluctantly complied
  • Miro acquiesced, saw the reasonableness of the move.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • acquiesced = reluctantly complied (did what someone else wanted him to do)
  • She seemed not only to acquiesce, to be reconciled to her life and marriage, but to be actually proud of it.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • acquiesce = reluctantly comply
  • I'd be screaming at them, telling them how much I detested their blind, thoughtless, automatic acquiescence to it all, their simple-minded patriotism ... how they were sending me off to fight a war they didn't understand and didn't want to understand.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • acquiescence = compliance
  • no one has ever suffered such torments ... and yet even to these, habit brought ... a certain callousness of soul, a certain acquiescence of despair;
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • acquiescence = reluctant acceptance
  • ...once she really understood the nature of his love for her, once she realized that he'd done all this for her—for them—she would acquiesce.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • acquiesce = comply (after resistance)
  • Thinking it would prove of benefit to the scrivener, I acquiesced;
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • acquiesced = complied (did what others wanted)
  • If here and there he was dissatisfied or puzzled, he must acquiesce; she was choosing the better part.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • acquiesce = comply or accept
  • We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity,
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • acquiesce = reluctantly comply
  • who nodded her head gravely and slowly in acquiescence.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • acquiescence = reluctant compliance
  • I acquiesced, rationalizing that it would be for only a few days.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • acquiesced = reluctantly complied
  • Though amazed at so curious an objection, the Americans, still smiling, acquiesced:
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • acquiesced = complied
  • Arya acquiesced, but Eragon could tell that she found it distasteful.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
acquiesced = reluctantly complied

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