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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Sure, some deals get done with an acceptance of the original offer, but the fact is that many offers to buy are met with a counteroffer — even when the price is right. Houston Chronicle, "Counteroffers and contracts: Follow tips to get through process," 8 July 2018 The moratorium continues one originally adopted April 10 and extended on May 3 to bar the acceptance of permits for wireless communications devices and facilities in the county right-of-way, officials said. David Ibata, ajc, "Forsyth may extend wireless installation moratorium," 5 July 2018 Markle’s acceptance into the royal family was unique and highly significant in its own way. Christina Boyle,, "Britain's royal family is ready for its first same-sex marriage — even as some straight Britons opt out," 3 July 2018 The investment marks the latest move by the world’s biggest tobacco and alcohol companies to explore opportunities from the widening acceptance of the drug. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Cigarette Maker Imperial Bets on Medical Cannabis," 28 June 2018 Sweden's acceptance of hundreds of thousands of refugees was also a factor in the country's high score. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "The most reputable country in the world is ...," 22 June 2018 In his youth, Alford’s limited experience with dance was tied to a gradual acceptance of his sexuality. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, "'And Then We Danced,' 'Old in Art School,' tell of later-in-life creative endeavors," 21 June 2018 The last direct acceptance shown is Ryan Harrison at #59, which is about 100 spots higher than Murray's current ranking. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: Grass Court Season, Equal Pay and the Fed-Rafa Documentary," 20 June 2018 The way a family grieves after a profound loss, the acceptance of Jesse's secret, the kindness of others, the sanctity of wild places, hard work, love of all kinds. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage novelist tells a gothic tale set among dog mushers in Interior Alaska," 16 June 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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