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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The introduction of dockless mobility options is making obvious the fact that our streets are designed for cars, not people, and that the status quo is not acceptable. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How bike advocate Katie Deolloz gets around Austin," 19 Oct. 2018 My French is already halfway acceptable and croissants exist, so my hopes are high for a temporary life in France. Jen Mcguire, Good Housekeeping, "I Raised Four Sons as a Single Mom. Now That They're Grown, I'm Off to Europe.," 17 Dec. 2018 Still, the default contrast is acceptable and not too far off from what my Spyder5 screen calibration tool suggested. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "MSI Oculux NXG251 monitor review: faster isn’t always better," 29 Nov. 2018 Here, experts draw the line between what's acceptable and what's simply asking too much. 1. Natasha Burton, Woman's Day, "9 Marriage Expectations That Could Destroy Your Relationship," 13 Nov. 2018 The actions that the independant security company took in this matter are NOT acceptable and do not reflect Jalisco’s mission or core values. Fox News, "Wisconsin restaurant responds after video shows security guards fighting man in wheelchair," 24 Sep. 2018 As texting has become an important means of communication, DeMarco said, public officials need to know what is legally acceptable and what is not. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "'Gang of 5' not only Cincinnati council members sending secret texts, motion says," 5 July 2018 Organizers at the Tacoma event, held at LeMay Pierce County Refuse, were trying to educate the community on what's acceptable and what's not, based on new recycling restrictions from China. Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018 The Courier Journal reported last week that the board was investigating Bates for prescribing thyroid and testosterone hormones to patients who had normal levels of both, allegedly in violation of acceptable and prevailing standards of medicine. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky stops '25 Again' doctor from practicing hormone therapy," 21 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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