What is the word for someone who knows someone else is lying but accepts it

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    It seems like your question title and question body are describing two different things. Commented Nov 17, 2015 at 21:18
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    Denial - leading to usages such as Holocaust denier Commented Nov 17, 2015 at 21:45
  • Going by the question in the body, willful ignorance or willful denial if it is willful and cognitive dissonance as a logical fallacy.
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    Commented Nov 13, 2018 at 4:11
  • This seems very broad.  What does “accept” mean?  Perhaps the listener (“L”) thinks that it is not worth the bother to correct the speaker (“S”).  Perhaps L wants to deceive S; to make S believe that L believes what S said.  (L wants S to believe that L trusts S.)  Or a vanity-type issue (“You’re very handsome.”) that L wishes were true.  Or do you mean that L takes action based on the statement (e.g., “The speed limit here is 70 mph.”) — perhaps to create “plausible deniability” (“But officer, S told me …”)? Commented Nov 15, 2018 at 2:39

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I'm not sure if it would apply where you intend to use it but 'cognitive dissonance' would apply where someone believes two contrary opinions.

For example when a person knows their spouse is cheating on them but also refuses to believe their spouse is cheating that person is experiencing cognitive dissonance.



Such a person is compliant or complaisant

complaisant adjective

Willing to please others or to accept what they do or say without protest



Cuckold. Delusional. Blinkered. Naïve. Accepting. Credulous. Dupable. Overtrusting. Trustful. Spineless.

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