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

Definition of unacceptable

: not acceptable : not pleasing or welcome

Other Words from unacceptable

unacceptability \ ˌən-​ik-​ˌsep-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unacceptable (audio) \ noun
unacceptably \ ˌən-​ik-​ˈsep-​tə-​blē How to pronounce unacceptable (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.
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First Known Use of unacceptable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Unacceptable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unacceptable. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for unacceptable


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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