acceptable

adjective
ac·​cept·​able | \ ik-ˈsep-tə-bəl, 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 , (ˌ)ak-​, ek-​ \ noun
acceptableness \ ik-​ˈsep-​tə-​bəl-​nəs , ak-​ \ noun
acceptably \ -​blē \ 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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Today’s finding, via Chappell Ellison on Twitter, is that a hot naked man chest is acceptable only if accompanied by an owl wearing a hat. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Kevin Hart tweeted himself out of a job hosting the Oscars," 8 Dec. 2018 Prominent Likud members and other would-be Netanyahu allies are asking such questions as: What moral flaws are acceptable in a prime minister whose agenda one otherwise supports? Matthew Campbell, Bloomberg.com, "Benjamin Netanyahu Could Be Heading for a Fifth Term. Or to Court," 14 June 2018 After all, overt homophobia is no longer socially acceptable in the UK. SI.com, "Twenty Years After Losing Justin Fashanu, Is English Football Finally Ready to Accept Gay Players?," 9 May 2018 But after a preview of his testimony after jurors left for the day Tuesday, Circuit Judge John Marshall Kest ruled the details Murray gathered about Saint-Simon’s life were not acceptable in court under the rules of evidence. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Testimony ends in death penalty trial of Sanel Saint-Simon," 18 Apr. 2018 Those flaws may exacerbate the decades-long concern of less than acceptable voter participation. The Aegis, "Hard look needed at election problems in Maryland [Editorial]," 12 July 2018 Her water was deemed to be seven times higher than the 104 ppb levels set as acceptable by the national Lead and Copper Rule. Richard Horan, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Poisoned City' tells the horrific story of Flint's contaminated water," 10 July 2018 Getting through the group stage was seen as enough of a challenge, and having negotiated that comfortably, an honorable defeat to a team with Spain’s pedigree would have been an acceptable outcome. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Whatever happens, Vladimir Putin is winning the World Cup," 1 July 2018 Although community violence may be widespread, that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable. Darby Saxbe, Scientific American, "Living with Neighborhood Violence May Shape Teens’ Brains," 15 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, 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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