ac·​cept·​ing ik-ˈsep-tiŋ How to pronounce accepting (audio)
: able or willing to accept something or someone : inclined to regard something or someone with acceptance rather than with hostility or fear
often + of
I had become more accepting of death as an inevitable and natural part of life …Nigel Farndalem
: tending to regard different types of people and ways of life with tolerance and acceptance
His parents are very accepting people.
acceptingly adverb
We are the masters of our own minds, and we can learn to think better, more openly and acceptingly, while still staying safe; we can make this a better place for us all. Maia Rizzi
acceptingness noun
Which was why it was such a miracle for me, her acceptingness of me. I mean, I really mean acceptingness—not acceptance but acceptingness. Gordon Lish

Examples of accepting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Male, Tolis, Corey, Watts and McMahon are all more accepting of a bond program being a likely necessity. Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2024 That talking point that is more accepting of his age as a weakness has been amplified by Biden campaign aides and supporters, including first lady Jill Biden at a New York City fundraiser. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 29 June 2024 Between 1980 and 2021, the most accepting countries grew more accepting and the least accepting became less so. Jacob Turcotte, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2024 The atmosphere at San Francisco Opera feels to an outsider more accepting than bellicose. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for accepting 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of accepting was in the 15th century

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“Accepting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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