ac·​cept·​ing | \ ik-ˈsep-tiŋ How to pronounce accepting (audio) , ak-\

Definition of accepting

1 : 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
2 : tending to regard different types of people and ways of life with tolerance and acceptance His parents are very accepting people.

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Other Words from accepting

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

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Callie is a very accepting person, as you guys see in The Fosters. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Good Trouble"'s Cierra Ramirez and Tommy Martinez Get Real About Working With Noah Centineo, Bisexual Representation, and What’s Next for The “Fosters” Spin-Off," 10 Jan. 2019 This roundup gives onlookers a glimpse into a fashion industry that is slowly but surely working to create a more accepting and diverse environment for everyone, regardless of their physical appearance. Darrel Hunter, Teen Vogue, "Street Style Diversity at PFW," 30 Sep. 2018 Outside of Tuesday's event for the Suns, Collins works with the league to create a more accepting environment. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Jason Collins headlines panel as Phoenix Suns host team's first Pride Night," 3 Apr. 2018 The authors also considered a Gallup index that measured how accepting countries are of migrants. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "UN Report Finds Finland Is the Happiest Country in the World," 16 Mar. 2018 But if there's a more attractive or accepting alternative to feed from, a mosquito may move on to that someone or something instead. Anchorage Daily News, "Mosquitoes can smell people who swat and choose a safer target, study suggests," 30 Jan. 2018 But if there’s a more attractive or accepting alternative to feed from, a mosquito may move on to that someone or something instead. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Swatting at Mosquitoes May Help You Avoid Bites, Even if You Miss," 25 Jan. 2018 Spurring other trans individuals to talk openly about their own experiences—and spurring hopes of a better and more accepting world for all—the impact of the reality star's transformation has really only begun to be felt. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "Exclusive: Caitlyn Jenner's Surgeon Opens Up," 19 June 2015

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First Known Use of accepting

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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