ac·​cep·​tance | \ik-ˈsep-tən(t)s, ak-\

Definition of acceptance 

1 : the quality or state of being accepted or acceptable His theories have gained widespread acceptance.

2 : the act of accepting something or someone : the fact of being accepted : approval acceptance of responsibility

3 law : an agreeing either expressly or by conduct to the act or offer of another so that a contract is concluded and the parties become legally bound

4a : the act of accepting a time draft or bill of exchange for payment when due according to the specified terms

b : an accepted draft or bill of exchange

Examples of acceptance in a Sentence

her acceptance into the club The university has sent me a letter of acceptance. He delivered an acceptance speech after he was chosen as the party's presidential nominee.
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Check out Clarke's acceptance speech below: #EmiliaClarke once played Snow White...sorta. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Emilia Clarke Did the Robot During One of Her 'Game of Thrones' Auditions," 27 Oct. 2018 Its principle was radical acceptance: no film was denied entry, and every tape came with a set of letters from each filmmaker addressed to her Miss Moviola compatriots. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Miranda July Talks #MeToo, Tech, and Joanie4Jackie," 16 Oct. 2018 During her acceptance speech, Tay shouted out everyone on her tour, including her opening acts Camila and Charli XCX. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Did You Catch This Super Sweet Moment Between Camila Cabello and Taylor Swift at the 2018 AMAs?!," 10 Oct. 2018 There is a superficial acceptance of homosexuality in Japan, generally in the entertainment industry. Fox News, "Petition demands Japanese lawmaker apologize for LGBT remark," 31 Aug. 2018 Rankings publishers assign different weights to factors such as student acceptance rates and alumni salaries. Kelsey Gee, WSJ, "Temple University Fires a Dean Over Falsified M.B.A. Rankings Data," 13 July 2018 Organizers were touched to hear that pastors at other churches had also been emphasizing messages of love and acceptance. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "How a Pastor and a Popcorn Shop Owner Helped Save Pride in Starkville," 21 June 2018 The film's universal themes are about love and acceptance. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Human Relations Commission, Windsor High GSA Kick Off Pride Month," 21 June 2018 In 1881, the state handed over management of the Paris Salon to artists, and the acceptance rate for women dropped by half. Cate Mcquaid,, "A ThemToo movement for Parisian art," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of acceptance

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for acceptance

borrowed from Anglo-French, "agreement to abide by the act on another," from accepter "to accept" + -ance -ance

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ac·​cep·​tance | \ik-ˈsep-təns, ak-\

Kids Definition of acceptance

1 : the act of accepting

2 : the quality or state of being accepted or acceptable

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