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adjective ac·cept·able \ik-ˈsep-tə-bəl, ak- also ek-\

Simple Definition of acceptable

  • : capable or worthy of being accepted

  • : fairly good

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of acceptable

  1. 1 :  capable or worthy of being accepted <no compromise would be acceptable>

  2. 2 a :  welcome, pleasing <compliments are always acceptable> b :  barely satisfactory or adequate <performances varied from excellent to acceptable>

acceptability

play \ik-ˌsep-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē, (ˌ)ak-, ek-\ noun

acceptableness

play \ik-ˈsep-tə-bəl-nəs, ak-\ noun

acceptably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of acceptable in a sentence

  1. acceptable and unacceptable noise levels

  2. It was an acceptable performance, although not an outstanding one.

  3. She plays an acceptable game of tennis.



14th Century

First Known Use of acceptable

14th century

Rhymes with acceptable


ACCEPTABLE Defined for Kids

acceptable

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adjective ac·cept·able \ik-ˈsep-tə-bəl, ak-\

Definition of acceptable for Students

  1. 1 :  worthy of being accepted <an acceptable excuse>

  2. 2 :  adequate 2 <He plays an acceptable game of tennis.>

acceptably

\-blē\ adverb




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