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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Now, insisting that a natural hair texture or style such as dreadlocks, cornrows, twists, or braids is not acceptable in the workplace will be prohibited. Sarah Midkiff,, "California To Become First State To Ban Discrimination Based On Natural Hair," 30 June 2019 But to disrespect our flag, our country and the White House is not acceptable while playing for the U.S. women’s national team. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kickin’ It with Kiz: Is soccer star Megan Rapinoe or president Donald Trump a better representative of American ideals?," 29 June 2019 Still, since this is Mexico City, immediate sleep is not an acceptable option. Peter Mandel, Washington Post, "In Mexico City, an itinerary built on modern architecture," 28 June 2019 May spies on their dalliances without confronting them, awakening a sensual stirring in herself that is not socially acceptable. Hau Chu, Twin Cities, "‘The Third Wife,’ a movie set in 19th-century Vietnam, has a lot to say about today," 27 June 2019 May spies on their dalliances without confronting them, awakening a sensual stirring in herself that is not socially acceptable. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘The Third Wife’ is a story told with deft, lush strokes," 27 June 2019 Similarly, antagonizing conservative members for their unstated positions is not acceptable., "Knitting website Ravelry bans users from showing Trump support, says it’s ‘support for white supremacy’," 23 June 2019 Nobody is going to hijack Elisabeth Moss’ acceptable speech for her work in The Handmaid’s Tale. Mara Reinstein, Billboard, "The 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards Deliver a Bold, Unpredictable Message: Be Nice," 18 June 2019 But while health concerns were a socially acceptable reason for reforming fashion, for many, political ideology was not. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "When American Suffragists Tried to ‘Wear the Pants’," 12 June 2019

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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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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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