acceptable

adjective

ac·​cept·​able ik-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce acceptable (audio)
ak-,
 also  ek-
1
: capable or worthy of being accepted
an acceptable noise level
socially acceptable behavior
a compromise that is acceptable to both sides
2
a
: welcome, pleasing
Compliments are always acceptable.
b
: barely satisfactory or adequate
The performances varied from excellent to acceptable.
acceptability noun
acceptableness noun
acceptably
ik-ˈsep-tə-blē How to pronounce acceptable (audio)
ak-
 also  ek-
adverb

Example Sentences

acceptable and unacceptable noise levels It was an acceptable performance, although not an outstanding one. She plays an acceptable game of tennis.
Recent Examples on the Web This is the only acceptable excuse to miss class at Hawkins High, FYI. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 15 Nov. 2022 The risk, though, was deemed acceptable to move forward with the launch, which in itself is meant to push the limits of the rocket and spacecraft before NASA ever lets humans get on board. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 14 Nov. 2022 The tight restrictions have sparked occasional clashes between residents and local Communist Party officials, who are threatened with punishment if reported cases in their areas of jurisdiction climb above levels deemed acceptable. Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News, 11 Nov. 2022 Violence against women is still entirely too common and acceptable in our world. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2022 Violence against women is still entirely too common and acceptable in our world. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 10 Nov. 2022 Capable of hitting 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, reaching 155 mph and charging from 5% to 80% in just 22.5 minutes, the Taycan GTS Sport Turismo can carry five people and an acceptable amount of gear. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 10 Nov. 2022 The tight restrictions have sparked occasional clashes between residents and local Communist Party officials, who are threatened with punishment if reported cases in their areas of jurisdiction climb above levels deemed acceptable. Arkansas Online, 10 Nov. 2022 Violence against women is still entirely too common and acceptable in our world. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Acceptable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acceptable. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

acceptable

adjective

ac·​cept·​able ik-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce acceptable (audio)
ak-
1
: capable or worthy of being accepted : satisfactory
an acceptable excuse
2
: barely good enough
plays an acceptable game
acceptability noun
acceptably adverb

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