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 The Pew Research Center highlights that the percentage of U.S. adults supporting the legalization of marijuana has steadily increased, reaching 68% in 2021, indicating a more accepting attitude towards alternative therapies. Sonia Singh, Rolling Stone, 24 Aug. 2023 The Meta founder further tweaked Musk by declaring that his app will be a kinder space than its rival Twitter, which has become more accepting of extreme views since the Tesla boss acquired it. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 6 July 2023 Laks hopes that those who learn about Opal and David Bowie's love story are moved to be more accepting. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 21 Apr. 2023 And Democrats are much more accepting of businesses taking issue stands. Dante Chinni, NBC News, 6 Aug. 2023 Perhaps that’s what makes trees so magnificent: that as gorgeous and accepting as their leaves are, their trunk is even more accepting. Hazlitt, 26 July 2023 She’s been very accepting, and she’s been a big help to me with this transition. Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post, 13 June 2023 Chinese-language viewers are more accepting of a sad love story. Jin Yu Young, New York Times, 15 July 2023 The Facebook founder declared—in a series of posts on Threads, of course—that his app will be a kinder space than its rival Twitter, which has become more accepting of extreme views since the Tesla boss acquired it. Byorianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 10 July 2023 See More

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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 4 Oct. 2023.

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