un·​ac·​cept·​able | \ ˌən-ik-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce unacceptable (audio) , -ak- \

Definition of unacceptable

: not acceptable : not pleasing or welcome

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Other Words from unacceptable

unacceptability \ ˌən-​ik-​ˌsep-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unacceptability (audio) \ noun
unacceptably \ ˌən-​ik-​ˈsep-​tə-​blē How to pronounce unacceptably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unacceptable in a Sentence

a word that is unacceptable in formal English Some of her ideas were unacceptable to other people.
Recent Examples on the Web For a deadly disease like addiction, that wait time is unacceptable — and horrifying. David A. Patterson Silver Wolf, STAT, "Real-time data are essential for Covid-19. They’re just as important for the opioid overdose crisis," 20 May 2020 Sometimes, for reasons only the fish understand, a fly that’s a couple millimeters too big is unacceptable. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, "10 Things to Know Before Your First Season of Flyfishing," 11 May 2020 That behavior is completely unacceptable – especially for a people manager. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "How do I say no to my boss’s pyramid scheme? Ask HR," 29 Apr. 2020 Governor Phil Murphy’s comments represent an ideology that is completely unacceptable for a government leader in the United States. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "The Bill of Rights Is Not ‘above’ Any Government Leader’s ‘Pay Grade’," 16 Apr. 2020 But not all of the samples tested by the FDA were found to have an unacceptable level of the potential carcinogen. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "The FDA just pulled popular heartburn drug Zantac due to cancer risk," 6 Apr. 2020 And the battle against the virus can take the form of social control measures that would be completely unacceptable in normal times. Alex De Waal, The Conversation, "Don’t expect the coronavirus epidemic in the US to bring down President Trump," 18 Mar. 2020 Myles Garrett has been a good teammate and member of our organization and community for the last three years but his actions last night were completely unacceptable. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Myles Garrett suspended at least the final 6 games & postseason for clubbing Mason Rudolph; Larry Ogunjobi gets 1 game," 15 Nov. 2019 This policy has proven a great disservice while their policy practice supports extortion, which is unacceptable. oregonlive, "Portland Commissioner Position 1 candidates explain what city policy changes they’ll immediately support if elected," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unacceptable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2020

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“Unacceptable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unacceptable. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unacceptable

: not pleasing or welcome : not acceptable


un·​ac·​cept·​able | \ ˌən-ik-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce unacceptable (audio) , -ak- \

Kids Definition of unacceptable

: not pleasing or welcome : not acceptable unacceptable behavior

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