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



tacit (comparative more tacit, superlative most tacit)

  1. Done or made in silence; implied, but not expressed; silent; as, tacit consent is consent by silence, or by not interposing an objection.
    • 1983. ROSEN, Stanley. Plato’s Sophist: The Drama of Original & Image. South Bend, Indiana, USA: St. Augustine’s Press. p. 62.
      He does this by way of a tacit reference to Homer
  2. (logic) Not derived from formal principles of reasoning; based on induction rather than deduction.

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