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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. – Nathaniel is protesting Nov 17 '15 at 21:18
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    Denial - leading to usages such as Holocaust denier – FumbleFingers Nov 17 '15 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. – AMN Nov 13 '18 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 …”)? – Scott Nov 15 '18 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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance

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  • That's the term I was going to suggest. Those of us who are familiar with political activism and Psychology 101 are very familiar with it. ;) – David Blomstrom Nov 18 '15 at 2:17
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Such a person is compliant or complaisant

complaisant adjective

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

ODO

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

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