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 Anchorage’s official acceptance of vice, whether begrudging or winking, continued for decades past this contest. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "A 1944 contest asked the question: “What’s wrong with Anchorage?” This was the winning response.," 6 Sep. 2020 The Grammys won’t let winners know in advance: The VMAs informed Taylor Swift, Megan Thee Stallion and H.E.R. of their wins and the artists supplied acceptance videos. Paul Grein, Billboard, "18 Ways the Grammys Will -- And Probably Won’t -- Look Like the VMAs," 4 Sep. 2020 In his 13 years at the helm, Liberty’s wealth had grown, although recently applications had been declining and acceptance rates rising. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 3 Sep. 2020 Colleges and universities must evaluate their acceptance procedures and cost structures. Dinesh Paliwal, Fortune, "We won’t have a true economic recovery until we tackle the racial wealth gap," 1 Sep. 2020 Some people are taking this acceptance a step further and celebrating their stims, particularly on social media. Lauren Rowello,, "Stimming: What This Behavior Is and Why People Do It," 1 Sep. 2020 Remember, however, that LGBTQ acceptance is far from universal and many still consider queerness a disease. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Outfest 2020: The 5 best LGBTQ+ films we watched (from 'Shiva Baby' to 'Cured')," 31 Aug. 2020 King sees himself as a bridge between the faith community and the scientific community in encouraging vaccine acceptance this fall. Amy Sokolow, STAT, "With science and scripture, a Baltimore pastor is fighting Covid-19 vaccine skepticism," 31 Aug. 2020 So, to gain acceptance, Abbott showed data confirming that its test was able to classify a pool of samples in nearly the same way as PCR tests of the same samples. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "America Is Entering a New Era of Coronavirus Testing," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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9 Sep 2020

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“Acceptance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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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