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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
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.