Definition - adj
1  : making no utterance
: resolved not to speak esp. about a certain topic <the right to remain ~>
2  : making no mention or account
: omitting explanation and leaving questions unanswered <a criminal statute ~ as to the requirement of intent>
3  : taking no active part in the conduct of a business <a ~ member of a firm>
see also silent partner at partner

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