ac·​cep·​tance | \ ik-ˈsep-tən(t)s How to pronounce acceptance (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Though Måneskin promotes a message of acceptance, and works a gender fluid aesthetic, their world contains some basic binaries. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 28 July 2022 These Saucony sneakers come with a seal of acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association, which means they’ve been evaluated by foot and ankle specialists and found to be beneficial to foot health. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 26 July 2022 Drivers expressed preferences for hands-on lane centering and driver-initiated lane changing features, and had a high level of acceptance for several types of driver monitoring, according to the researchers. Tanya Mohn, Forbes, 29 June 2022 This was probably not the kind of public acceptance that Quinn and Barr had in mind. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 Hunt likes to tell his own optimistic story of American acceptance, with a twist of redemption. Clyde Mcgrady, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 Many of them would go on to come out as gay or lesbian or bisexual, suggesting previous discomfort with their sexuality, or lack of acceptance, for them or their families. New York Times, 15 June 2022 Once the Royal Enclosure office has all of the necessary paperwork, one again waits in silence for the notification of acceptance. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, 14 June 2022 In California, the Democrat label is a badge of acceptance. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of acceptance was circa 1530

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“Acceptance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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ac·​cep·​tance | \ ik-ˈsep-təns How to pronounce acceptance (audio) , ak- \

Kids Definition of acceptance

1 : the act of accepting
2 : the quality or state of being accepted or acceptable


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