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silence

noun absolute quiet, hush, lack of sound, noiselessness, quiescence, quiescency, quiet, quietness, quietude, silentium, soundlessness, speechlessness, suppression of sound, taciturnitas, wordlessness
Associated concepts: estopped by silence, silence as an admission
Foreign phrases: Qui tacet, consentire videtur.He who is silent is deemed to consent. Qui tacet consentire videtur, ubi tractatur de ejus commodo. He who is silent is deemed to consent, when his interest is at stake.
See also: allay, concealment, lull, peace, placate, repress, stifle, stop, strangle, subdue, suppress

SILENCE. The state of a person who does not speak, or of one who refrains from speaking.
     2. Pure and simple silence cannot be considered as a consent to a contract, except in cases when the silent person is bound in good faith to explain himself, in which case, silence gives consent. 6 Toull. liv. 3, t. 3, n. 32, note; 14 Serg. & Rawle, 393; 2 Supp. to Ves. jr. 442; 1 Dane's Ab. c. 1, art. 4, Sec. 3; 8 T. R. 483; 6 Penn. St. R. 336; 1 Greenl. Ev. 201; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1313. But no assent will be inferred from a man's silence, unless, 1st. He knows his rights and knows what he is doing and, 2d. His silence is voluntary.
     3. When any person is accused of a crime, or charged with any fact, and he does not deny it, in general, the presumption is very strong that the charge is correct. 7 C. & P. 832 5 C. & P. 332; Joy on Conf. s. 10, p. 77.
     4. The rule does not extend to the silence of a prisoner, when on his examination before a magistrate he is charged by another prisoner with having joined him in the commission of an offence: 3 Stark. C. 33.
     5. When an oath is administered to a witness, instead of expressly promising to keep it, he gives his assent by his silence, and kissing the book.
     6. The person to be affected by the silence must be one not disqualified to act as non compos, an infant, or the like, for even the express promise of such a person would not bind him to the performance of any contract.
     7. The rule of the civil law is that silence is not an acknowledgment or denial in every case, qui tacet, non utique fatetur: sed tamen verum est, eum non negaro. Dig. 50, 17, 142.

References in classic literature ?
They stood hand in hand for a minute or two in silence.
Enfield only nodded his head very seriously, and walked on once more in silence.
Then they were silent, and went in silence to the place appointed for them, there to pass the night in mutterings and magic.
For a whole minute we walked together fairly briskly in silence.
The Indians, who believe in the hereditary transmission of virtues and defects in character, suffered him to depart in silence.
Miss Garth and Norah looked at one another significantly, and waited in silence.
The two sentries we met were dispatched to their fathers upon the banks of the lost sea of Korus, and the guards at both gates followed them in silence.
They walked for a minute or two in silence, and suddenly he turned to her, looked at her, and exclaimed: "I don't believe you, Mary.
They all waited in silence for the opening of the doors.