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Definition implied or understood, but not expressed directly
  • There was a tacit understanding that Jessica would play good cop and Tyler would play bad cop.
tacit = implied (not directly said, but understood)
  • We have a tacit agreement.
  • tacit = implied
  • Tacitly admitting that he remembered the unmentionable, Ralph nodded to Piggy.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • tacitly = in an indirect manner (without directly saying it)
  • A secret feud of some years' standing was thus healed, and with a tacit reconciliation.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • They exchanged a few words and made no reference to the vital subject, as though they were tacitly agreed not to speak of it for a time.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • By tacit consent, they had adopted a plan of campaign.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • In the tacit agreement of husband and wife to keep their estrangement a secret they behaved as would have been ordinary.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • "Miss Neveu," Teabing said, "the Church and the Priory have had a tacit understanding for years.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • By tacit agreement they ignored the remarks and insinuations of their acquaintances.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • By some tacit consent, throughout the voyage little or no allusion was made to it, especially by the mates.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Tacitly they had agreed not to kill each other.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • "Do you like peppermints, young sir?" required only a tacit answer when it was accompanied by a presentation of the article in question.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • 'What makes you think that, sir?' demanded the collector, who seemed, by a tacit understanding, to have been chosen and elected mouthpiece to the company.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • It was a secret he would never learn, for everyone from Ellen down to the stupidest field hand was in a tacit and kindly conspiracy to keep him believing that his word was law.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Jem went in grinning, and Calpurnia nodded tacit consent to having Dill in to supper.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • tacit = implied, but not said aloud
  • Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • tacitly = indirectly
  • So I glanced at my wrist watch, brought my hand dramatically to my mouth as though remembering something urgent and important, repeated the pantomime in case anybody had missed it, and with this tacit explanation started briskly back toward the center of the school.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • tacit = implied or understood, but not expressed directly
  • Jack nodded, as much for the sake of agreeing as anything, and by tacit consent they left the shelter and went toward the bathing pool.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • tacit = unspoken
  • Tacitly the Party was even inclined to encourage prostitution, as an outlet for instincts which could not be altogether suppressed.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • tacitly = in an indirect manner
  • Under this lies a fact never mentioned aloud, but tacitly understood and acted upon: namely, that the conditions of life in all three super-states are very much the same.
    George Orwell  --  1984
tacitly = understood, but not said directly

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