I am trying to find the word that means that follows: A question or instruction is given, but no reply is made. The assumption is that since no one has replied that it is okay to go ahead. For example "Can I have next Tuesday off as annual leave?" Since the manager did not come back and say "No", my assumption was that it was okay. I know that there is a word for this, but cannot remember what it is.

  • The standard (jocular) phrase is "silence is consent". But ... it's dangerous. You've been warned.
    – Dan Bron
    Sep 9, 2015 at 21:12
  • No news is good news.
    – jxh
    Sep 9, 2015 at 21:18
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    You might be thinking of acquiescence, but as Dan Bron warned you, don't rely on it here (or elsewhere). The reign of "no means no" was short-lived. "Yes means (& requires a) yes" is now the standard.
    – Papa Poule
    Sep 9, 2015 at 22:45

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This is not a single word, but you are applying implied consent:

Implied consent is consent which is not expressly granted by a person, but rather inferred from a person's actions and the facts and circumstances of a particular situation (or in some cases, by a person's silence or inaction).

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