ac·​cept·​able | \ ik-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce acceptable (audio) , ak- also ek- \

Definition of acceptable

1 : capable or worthy of being accepted an acceptable noise level socially acceptable behavior a compromise that is acceptable to both sides
2a : welcome, pleasing Compliments are always acceptable.
b : barely satisfactory or adequate The performances varied from excellent to acceptable.

Other Words from acceptable

acceptability \ ik-​ˌsep-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce acceptable (audio) , (ˌ)ak-​ , ek-​ \ noun
acceptableness \ ik-​ˈsep-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce acceptable (audio) , ak-​ \ noun
acceptably \ ik-​ˈsep-​tə-​blē How to pronounce acceptable (audio) , ak-​ also  ek-​ \ adverb

Examples of acceptable in a Sentence

acceptable and unacceptable noise levels It was an acceptable performance, although not an outstanding one. She plays an acceptable game of tennis.
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Recent Examples on the Web Documentation of a recent recovery from Covid-19 is also acceptable. Paul Vieira, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022 Twenty-five percent of Democrats said violence was acceptable in that poll. ABC News, 2 Jan. 2022 Attendees 12 and older must present proof of either full vaccination (booster not required) or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event (both PCR lab results and rapid antigen results are acceptable). Selome Hailu, Variety, 31 Dec. 2021 City sanitation officials agree that — once their curbside pickups begin — all food waste will be acceptable. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2021 People who follow the notion that praise alone is acceptable . . . Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2021 One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags are acceptable. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 24 Dec. 2021 Fewer than 10% said the existing roads were acceptable. al, 22 Dec. 2021 Experts said the circumstances of Portland’s two recent police shootings could be acceptable under the bureau’s existing policies, however. Sgt. oregonlive, 19 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of acceptable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acceptable

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin acceptābilis, from Latin acceptāre "to accept" + -bilis "capable of (being acted upon)" — more at -able

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“Acceptable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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ac·​cept·​able | \ ik-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce acceptable (audio) , ak- \

Kids Definition of acceptable

1 : worthy of being accepted an acceptable excuse
2 : adequate sense 2 He plays an acceptable game of tennis.

Other Words from acceptable

acceptably \ -​blē \ adverb

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