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.
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The growing acceptance of women in politics and in the workforce is highlighted by the General Social Survey, a widely respected trend survey that has been measuring views of gender and society since the 1970s. Hannah Fingerhut, The Seattle Times, "Poll: Most see women equal to men in politics," 29 Mar. 2019 To listen to either of Future’s Beast Mode projects is to submerge yourself in his agony and emerge with a strange acceptance of your own. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 All other charges, including two counts of murder, were dismissed upon acceptance of the plea. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Suspect in Amanda Blackburn slaying takes plea deal, has murder charges dropped," 23 May 2018 The options on the ADA’s list of water flossers with the organization’s seal of acceptance start around $40, but some water flossers are over $100. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Is a Water Flosser and Should You Be Using One?," 26 Feb. 2019 Fueled by bigotry, too many of us have turned away from the virtues of acceptance, hospitality and love. Guest Columnist/,, "Loving our neighbor - with no exceptions: The Rev. Arik Borstad (Opinion)," 13 May 2018 Olivia Coleman won Best Actress with the most charming and British acceptance speech. . . Vogue, "These Are the Most Viral Moments From the Oscars 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 The growing acceptance of the Somali community is partly the result of longevity. Fox News, "Somali immigrants find growing acceptance in Minnesota," 25 Aug. 2018 This new acceptance of downtime is an interesting phenomenon among millennials. Jens Ingvarsson, Allure, "What Is the Lip Lift? Experts Explain the Plastic Surgery Procedure," 15 Aug. 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 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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