tacit consent

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Noun1.tacit consent - (law) tacit approval of someone's wrongdoing
commendation, approval - a message expressing a favorable opinion; "words of approval seldom passed his lips"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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By some tacit consent, throughout the voyage little or no allusion was made to it, especially by the mates.
He felt himself bound as much in honour as in affection to Miss Morland, and believing that heart to be his own which he had been directed to gain, no unworthy retraction of a tacit consent, no reversing decree of unjustifiable anger, could shake his fidelity, or influence the resolutions it prompted.
It was, indeed, only the relics and embers of the fight which continued to burn; for of the few knights who still continued in the lists, the greater part had, by tacit consent, forborne the conflict for some time, leaving it to be determined by the strife of the leaders.
By tacit consent they hardly once spoke of any incident of the past subsequent to their wedding-day.
Our friend Bob Jakin had, with Mumps's tacit consent, taken not only a wife about eight months ago, but also one of those queer old houses, pierced with surprising passages, by the water-side, where, as he observed, his wife and mother could keep themselves out of mischief by letting out two "pleasure-boats," in which he had invested some of his savings, and by taking in a lodger for the parlor and spare bedroom.
By tacit consent, all mention of the tragedy was barred.
After a few moments they walked side by side in the direction the boat had taken, as if by tacit consent; Bradley pressing forward, and Riderhood holding back; Bradley getting out his neat prim purse into his hand (a present made him by penny subscription among his pupils); and Riderhood, unfolding his arms to smear his coat-cuff across his mouth with a thoughtful air.
Following the 2011 embassy attack, Britain said it could not have happened without the tacit consent of Iran's then regime.
Some say that informed consent is not required, as there is implied or tacit consent to participate in a consultation.
The next Chief Executive gave his tacit consent to operators of illegal numbers game.
Laws should be obeyed and when, by tacit consent, they are not, it attacks the whole basis of the rule of law.
Knowledge is no longer a plain tacit consent, as an intellectual exercise of a simple acquisition, a definition to be memorized by pupils or students ...