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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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 Their commitment has led to the impressive statistic of a 100% college acceptance rate. Christopher Dawson, CNN, "Rugby transforms Memphis teens' lives," 29 May 2018 These were the lowest acceptance rates of any of the proposals put to shareholders on the day., "Biggest Steinhoff Shareholder Opposes Two Directors," 23 Apr. 2018 Moore has long promoted self-love and acceptance in the media, most notably last year during the MTV Video Music Awards. Nick Vadala,, "Doylestown's Pink featured on cover of People's 'Beautiful Issue,' but not deemed 'Most beautiful'," 19 Apr. 2018 The bureau remains highly selective in admitting applicants to become agents, with an acceptance rate of about five percent — comparable to the admission rate at Harvard or Stanford. NBC News, "FBI chief on biggest threats: China spies, terror, rise in violent crime," 21 Mar. 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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