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 My Indians Tickets - the account ticket buyers have through the team - MLB Ballpark and StubHub apps are acceptable. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Progressive Field changes 2021: You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers," 2 Apr. 2021 Metro, which eventually will operate the rail line, is expected to follow with its own process to determine whether the work is acceptable and the rail line ready for passenger service — a process that could take several months. Washington Post, "Charles Stark, head of the Silver Line rail project, to retire in July," 29 Mar. 2021 All three vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson — are acceptable, though students 18 years of age or under will most likely receive the Pfizer vaccine. April Siese, CBS News, "Rutgers requiring students to be vaccinated for fall semester," 26 Mar. 2021 Like Biden, Padilla says comprehensive reform is ideal, but piecemeal fixes would be acceptable. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, "Can California’s first Latino senator break Washington’s gridlock on immigration reform?," 24 Mar. 2021 What isn't acceptable is for prosecutors with the time to reflect on the facts and implications of such cases to pursue them anyway. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "Journalism on trial," 14 Mar. 2021 Unsurprisingly, wherever people think wife-beating is acceptable, more of it happens. The Economist, "Some ideas for reducing violence against women," 13 Mar. 2021 In recent times, there has been more education around what is acceptable, and people are expecting more efficient solutions from their cleaning providers. Coraline Dufroux, Forbes, "Five Considerations For Commercial Cleaning Companies Today," 12 Mar. 2021 In interviews, Johnson and Wheeler disputed some facts, but the differences in their stories lie more in interpretation — what the other side meant, who should have understood what and when, what is and is not acceptable. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "A Rift Over Art and Activism Ripples Through the Performance World," 12 Mar. 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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6 Apr 2021

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“Acceptable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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