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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Smoltz sits somewhere in the middle on the scale of broadcasters’ acceptance of analytic principles, says Statcast guru Mike Petriello. Jacob Feldman,, "As the Game Evolves, MLB Broadcaster John Smoltz Has Become a Topic of Debate," 7 June 2019 Peace and acceptance are fleeting, anger and depression relentless. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Much deeper, weirder and more interesting than ‘Florida Man’," 7 June 2019 First Look Taiwan's acceptance of gay and lesbian relationships began in the 1990s to help Taiwan stand out in Asia as an open society. Christian Science Monitor, "World | Asia: South & Central," 7 June 2019 In ‘All of Me,’ San Diego City College professor Chris Baron tackles weight issues, bullying and the power of friendship and acceptance. (k.c. Alfred / U-t), San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDSU grad’s young-adult novel finds big truths in 7th-grade struggles," 7 June 2019 Without French support, and acceptance of a 7.5% stake in the merged firm, the deal would not have got this far. The Economist, "A merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault is no more," 6 June 2019 Joe Sobran of National Review welcomed Evers’ acceptance of the primacy of social power but added that the state should recognize certain social institutions as authoritative. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Moving Portrait," 4 June 2019 Ultimately, the campaign serves as a necessary reminder that, at one time, Black beauty was not widely promoted or accepted as activists had to fight for visibility and acceptance of African-American features and styling. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna’s Debut Fenty Collection Was Inspired by the ‘Black Is Beautiful’ Movement," 29 May 2019 Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 5/25/18) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 5/25/18) and Your California Privacy Rights. Vogue, "Paris Jackson and Gabriel Glenn's Couple Style," 24 May 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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