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 city and supporters view the storytime as a way to promote diversity and create a sense of tolerance and acceptance. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Drag queen storytime moved to larger space to accommodate expected attendance," 30 Aug. 2019 The university responded to those criticisms last year by revising its gift-acceptance policies to be more transparent. Washington Post, "‘Conservative’ string attached to $50 million college gift," 30 Aug. 2019 Strong security, limited official acceptance of political dissent and social pluralism also help align electoral democracies under stress with non-democratic governments. David Mednicoff, The Conversation, "Why increasing Arab-Israeli closeness matters," 29 Aug. 2019 This means that France had a higher kidney acceptance rate from older donors. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "US discards thousands of donated kidneys each year as patients die on waitlist, study says," 29 Aug. 2019 And at Georgetown, which seems to hit a new record-low acceptance rate each year, every iota of information could help. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Fine Line Campus Tour Guides Walk—Backwards," 29 Aug. 2019 In North and South America, medical use has tended to be followed by acceptance of its recreational use. The Economist, "A global revolution in attitudes towards cannabis is under way," 29 Aug. 2019 In return for full acceptance, Western democratic societies demand that immigrants enthusiastically acquiesce to a new nation’s cultural values. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "Crazy Sad Asians," 27 Aug. 2019 Despite Hackett's acceptance of the apology and wish to turn the moment into something positive, some on social media were still outraged by the comment and urged the station to fire Housden. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Oklahoma City news anchor apologizes for saying black co-anchor looked like a gorilla," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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