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English adjective: silent

1. silent marked by absence of sound

SamplesA silent house.
Soundless footsteps on the grass.
The night was still.

Synonymssoundless, still



2. silent failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to

SamplesThe witness remained silent.


Similarincommunicative, uncommunicative

Antonymscommunicatory, communicative

3. silent implied by or inferred from actions or statements

SamplesGave silent consent.
A tacit agreement.
The understood provisos of a custody agreement.

Synonymstacit, understood

Similarimplicit, inexplicit

Antonymsexplicit, expressed

4. silent not made to sound

SamplesThe silent `h' at the beginning of `honor'.
In French certain letters are often unsounded.


Similarinaudible, unhearable

Antonymsaudible, hearable

5. silent having a frequency below or above the range of human audibility

SamplesA silent dog whistle.

Similarinaudible, unhearable

Antonymsaudible, hearable

6. silent unable to speak because of hereditary deafness

Synonymsdumb, mute

Similarinarticulate, unarticulate


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