accepting

adjective
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.

Keep scrolling for more

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 Sixty-three percent responded that singing has taught them to be more accepting of people different from them. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Threats to democracy, Arik Matson's life after being shot, church choirs, fauna and flora," 30 Jan. 2021 Many other governments are becoming more accepting of alternatives. Time, "How China Could Change the World By Taking Meat Off the Menu," 22 Jan. 2021 Polls from Pew Research Center, Gallup and Economist/YouGov have shown Republicans as less accepting of the vaccine than Democrats. Aleszu Bajak, USA TODAY, "Polls show increasing trust in COVID-19 vaccine after months of decline," 6 Jan. 2021 Despite modern Western culture and laws being more accepting of the LGBTQ+ community as compared to South Asian countries, Rao said the diaspora families living there carry a lot of shame. Amanat Khullar, Quartz India, "How LGBTQ+ members of the South Asian diaspora navigate stigma and stress," 29 Dec. 2020 In 2008, when Tombstone first appeared, the Chinese leadership was more accepting of criticism. Barbara Demick, The Atlantic, "Uncovering the Cultural Revolution’s Awful Truths," 18 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, Oregon Health & Science University’s drive-through sites are more accepting. oregonlive, "Oregon’s image problem: COVID-19 testing numbers looked terrible, so officials changed the stats they reported," 12 Dec. 2020 The pope’s words could put more pressure on the Polish Catholic Church to be more accepting of the LGBT community and its rights, activists said. NBC News, "Polish LGBTQ activists see hope in pope's support for gay civil unions," 23 Oct. 2020 More confident, more competent, more joyous, and more accepting of all of life’s wonders. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Wonder Drug Cures All Problems," 3 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'accepting.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of accepting

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about accepting

Time Traveler for accepting

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for accepting

Last Updated

11 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Accepting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accepting. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on accepting

What made you want to look up accepting? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!