acceptable

adjective
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.

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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 One interruption is acceptable and part of the game. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "The Bachelor Season 25 Premiere Recap: The Queen’s Gambit," 4 Jan. 2021 Many states are struggling to figure out what proof is acceptable to show a gig worker lost their job because of the pandemic or whether a parent truly left a job to care for a child. Washington Post, "Months later, more than 1 million Americans are still waiting for unemployment aid," 4 Jan. 2021 Ward said there is no equivalence between harming a building and taking a life, but there should be a consensus that neither is acceptable. oregonlive, "End of Trump presidency won’t halt extremism’s rise, experts say," 3 Jan. 2021 Ward said there is no equivalence between harming a building and taking a life, but there should be a consensus that neither is acceptable. Chris Joyner, ajc, "End of Trump era won’t halt extremism’s rise, experts say," 2 Jan. 2021 Of course, a break down would certainly be acceptable, considering how much this couple has been through. Tricia Despres, PEOPLE.com, "Coffey Anderson Opens Up About Wife Criscilla's Ongoing Cancer Battle: 'I Don't Look Past Tonight'," 21 Dec. 2020 By 12:55pm local time, conditions were acceptable despite the leaden skies overhead, and the rocket with its five main engines roared to life. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Astra set up a rocket launch with five people and came within seconds of orbit," 16 Dec. 2020 The fees were acceptable when delivery represented less than 15% of her business last year, but with delivery now nearly 90% of her sales, DoorDash and others are taking a big chunk of her revenue. Star Tribune, "Forum: Apps are killing the restaurant industry," 13 Dec. 2020 Why is one outdoor dining space acceptable while another is prohibited? Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: More EDD fraud shenanigans. And travel restrictions explained," 12 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of acceptable was in the 14th century

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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Acceptable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acceptable. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for acceptable

acceptable

adjective
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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