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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Recent Examples on the Web The futility of Jewish striving for acceptance was made clear. Diane Cole, WSJ, "‘The House of Fragile Things’ Review: Forever Outsiders," 7 May 2021 One reason for the wide acceptance of mask-wearing in Asia is the SARS crisis between 2002 and 2004, which hit several places, such as Hong Kong, extremely hard. Kuan-lin F. Liu, CNN, "We must stop this hateful rhetoric about wearing masks," 4 May 2021 Their voice-over monologues touch on issues about being judged by the color of their skin, lack of confidence and fighting for acceptance. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘Towards Belonging’ dance film tells stories of fitting into White America," 3 May 2021 The case generated nationwide attention, garnering Leckie a trip to Washington, D.C., on behalf of GLAAD, which advocates for acceptance of the LGBTQ community, and an intellectual freedom award from the Indiana Library Federation. Amy Lavalley,, "Chesterton flag flap reminds former teacher of poster complaint two decades ago," 16 Apr. 2021 The money will fund the organization’s work for LGBTQ acceptance. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, "Phoebe Bridgers Smashed Her Guitar on ‘SNL.’ Then It Sold for $101,500," 12 Apr. 2021 Jay Bakker, the son of the televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, is an advocate for L.G.B.T.Q. acceptance in the church. New York Times, "A Pastor’s Son Becomes a Critic of Religion on TikTok," 12 Apr. 2021 Made for Love is at its glitching, flashing heart an argument for the acceptance of a person’s least appealing qualities as features, and not bugs. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "Made for Love Puts a Marriage Under the Microscope," 8 Apr. 2021 EndeavorRx is being prescribed by more doctors, but the company is still hoping for widespread acceptance. Mario Aguilar, STAT, "Akili’s therapeutic video game will be tested as a treatment for Covid ‘brain fog’," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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13 May 2021

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“Acceptance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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