Qui tacet consentire videtur

Qui tacet consentire videtur

Literal Meaning

He who is silent appears to consent.


The maxim ‘Qui Tacet Consentire Videture’ provides that the one stays silent when asked for the consent, it means that he/she is consenting otherwise he/she should have retaliated.


Ten friends were making plans for the trip. When one of them pitched idea of going to ‘Goa’, 3 of the friends remained silent and rest other answered in yes and no. According to the principle laid down by the maxim ‘Qui Tacet Consentire Videture’, it should be assumed that the one who remained silent were consenting.

Indian Law Position

The principle laid down by this maxim is recognized in India.

Case Laws

B.Shanmugam vs Thulasirama Reddy      

In the above-mentioned case honourable Madras High Court referred the maxim of ‘Qui tacet consentire videtur’.[1]

Edited by Vigneshwar Ramasubramania

Approved & Published – Sakshi Raje


[1] B.Shanmugam vs Thulasirama Reddy, S.A.No.495 of 2010 and M.P.No.1 of 2010.

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