plural -s
Roman or civil law : a formal verbal acknowledgment by a creditor or other obligee that a claim has been satisfied with or without payment
[Medieval Latin acceptilation-, acceptilatio, from Latin] in the theology of Duns Scotus : the act of God by which the merit of Jesus Christ was accepted as sufficient for the salvation of humankind

Word History


Latin acceptilation-, acceptilatio, from accepti lation-, latio, literally, bringing the receipt, from accepti (genitive of acceptum receipt, from neuter of acceptus, past participle of accipere to accept) + lation-, latio act of bringing, from latus (suppletive past participle of ferre to bear) + -ion-, -io -ion

First Known Use

circa 1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of acceptilation was circa 1538

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“Acceptilation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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