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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This is why therapists treating BPD typically emphasize acceptance and validation, Perepletchikova says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "13 Facts Everyone Should Know About Borderline Personality Disorder," 5 Dec. 2018 Sybil is pregnant and Cora talks Robert into weary acceptance. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Downton Abbey Episodes," 12 Sep. 2018 People don't stand naked in front of a mirror focusing on acceptance very often. Kate Sullivan, Allure, "How to Take Your Best Nude Selfie Ever," 20 Aug. 2018 Sinnette said 262 applications for transfers into the district have been received, with 175 acceptances granted so far. Sara Cardine,, "La Cañada Unified officials honor robotics team’s enterprise, prep for new school year," 12 July 2018 And as often happens, these unwieldy explanations gained general acceptance. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 There is humility, the graceful acceptance that even the highest office in the land is some small, modest part of a much bigger project. Zach Baron, GQ, "In Praise of Being Washed," 2 July 2018 Tamiflu and the other drugs in its class never got the market acceptance in the U.S. that their manufacturers hoped and public health authorities expected them to get. Helen Branswell, STAT, "A flu drug — shown to reduce the duration of symptoms — could upend treatment in U.S.," 27 June 2018 That’s truest for those of us who have chosen to argue and fight — and put our identities and backgrounds out there for a cranky public’s consumption — in order to push for acceptance, security and opportunity. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "It’s not ‘identity politics,’ it’s just who we are. Let’s vote that way," 22 Oct. 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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