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.

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

Examples of accepting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How did a traditionally conservative mining town become so accepting? Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 18 June 2022 Today many Dutch parents are more accepting of this behavior, and the Amsterdam clinicians think that as a result, most of the children who come to the clinic are asserting a strong and persistent gender preference. New York Times, 15 June 2022 Jamie’s mum, Margaret (Sarah Lancashire), and BFF Pritti Pasha (Lauren Patel) support him unconditionally, but not everyone is so accepting. Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 The contests celebrate students who are committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society by standing up and speaking out against bias and bigotry. John Benson, cleveland, 11 May 2022 Director Sammi Cohen and screenwriters Kirsten King and Casey Rackham ground the film in a contemporary teenage culture more accepting of LGBTQ students and progressive ideals. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 The mother argues that her own genuine acceptance and lack of embarrassment about her daughter encouraged others to adopt the same accepting attitude. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 At the heart of supporting employees' well-being is developing a strong company culture that is open and accepting of employees experiencing challenges. Michael Held, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Maybe your goal is to change your habits, be more accepting of yourself, or learn about someone with a very different background than your own. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of accepting

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Accepting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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