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 Past acceptance of social inequities should be a priority. John King,, "What lies ahead for post-shutdown cities? It depends on whom you ask," 24 May 2020 The injustice of the singular act of the shooting is magnified by a collective acceptance and defense of the shooter’s extraordinary alarm. David French, Time, "How Unreasonable Fear Costs Some Black Americans Their Life," 21 May 2020 What is striking about today’s national debate in Britain, as opposed to the United States, is the almost universal acceptance that the state will hand back its sword, or at least put it away once the crisis has passed. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "We Are Stronger Than We Think," 14 May 2020 On April 30, the nation of 51 million reported its first day with zero new cases among the local population, thanks to widespread testing, intense contact tracing, and swift public acceptance of social distancing measures. Jun Michael Park, National Geographic, "There’s no earthquake to warn you, because you’re on the other side of the Indian Ocean.," 13 May 2020 And how will this environment affect the grades of high school juniors aiming toward college acceptance? CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (May 10)," 8 May 2020 The governing board approved the acceptance of the funds on Tuesday. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Most Arizona college students are still waiting for help from CARES Act," 7 May 2020 Indianapolis Star With a heavy dose of creativity and a reluctant acceptance of the reality at hand, IndyCar is primed to join NASCAR as the front-runners in American sports’ return to some sense of normalcy in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar details plans for season-opener at Texas Motor Speedway, including no fans," 7 May 2020 The Problem: Denial is a powerful opponent to acceptance. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "9 Tips for Keeping Your Head in a Survival Situation," 5 May 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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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Acceptance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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