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 acceptability (audio) , (ˌ)ak-​ , ek-​ \ noun
acceptableness \ ik-​ˈsep-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce acceptableness (audio) , ak-​ \ noun
acceptably \ -​blē How to pronounce acceptably (audio) \ 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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More complicated than friends with benefits, less socially acceptable than an actual relationship. Samantha Leac, Glamour, "It’s Time to Put a Stop to ‘In-Betweenships’," 19 Apr. 2019 That requires the engine to cast out scads of rays, so that game’s ray tracing implementation likely won’t work at acceptable performance levels on GTX graphics cards. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "RTX on GTX: Nvidia is enabling ray tracing on some GeForce GTX graphics cards," 18 Mar. 2019 Four goals in 29 appearances last campaign hardly set the world alight, and a previous goal-scoring high of 11 in the 2015/16 season isn't much better than acceptable. SI.com, "Tottenham Hotspur Fans Hope for Erik Lamela Stay as Clear-Out Rumours Begin to Gain Traction," 12 July 2018 Although temperatures will be high Friday, forecasters from the National Weather Service did not plan to issue a fire weather alert because winds will be weak and the humidity will be in an acceptable range. Alex Riggins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego fire department to increase staffing in anticipation of weekend heatwave," 5 July 2018 That is an acceptable decision, Stewart wrote, noting that Florida law does not require students to take civics, and the state civics exam, in a specific grade but at some point in middle school. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Commissioner to lawmakers: No evidence school districts violated law," 5 July 2018 Voters are reminded to bring one of six acceptable forms of identification. David Ibata, ajc, "Early voting begins in Forsyth County," 5 July 2018 Martin III suggests that cremation became more popular for pets than burial in the 1980s, as cremation became more acceptable for people too. Jen A. Miller, SELF, "When My Dog Died, I Discovered a Thriving Pet Funeral Industry I Never Knew Existed," 9 Apr. 2019 In particular, more aggressive, contact team sports were off limits, while country club leisure activities, like tennis played in white dresses, were acceptable for women. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "How Title IX Gave Rise to the Dad Fan," 11 June 2018

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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

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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