unacceptable

adjective
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.

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Something unexpected—and unacceptable—happened during Ariana Grande's Coachella set Sunday night (April 21). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Not OK: Someone Threw a Lemon at Ariana Grande During Her Coachella Set Last Night," 22 Apr. 2019 Over 70% of respondents found debt unacceptable when choosing a partner, even when distilling down into different types of debt. Special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "How much debt repels daters? - New survey shows average amounts that turn off suitors," 14 May 2018 People will say whatever to hurt or to bother someone, which is unacceptable. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "What Latinx Students Want You to Know About Their Mental Health," 16 Apr. 2019 During the course of this investigation, some issues were discovered that are completely unacceptable for this community. Melanie Burney, Philly.com, "Beyond boys' lacrosse, on Haddonfield sports teams, racial slurs 'just happened all the time,' parents say," 18 May 2018 But the growing militarization of space made these delays unacceptable to military commanders. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "USAF's Next-Gen GPS Satellites Will Be a Huge Upgrade...Eventually," 26 Dec. 2018 That would have left his teammates and his manager to explain his unacceptable actions. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Rhys Hoskins regrets confrontation with fan | Marcus Hayes," 25 June 2018 The one exception is debt to family and friends, which women find more unacceptable by over three percentage points. Special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "How much debt repels daters? - New survey shows average amounts that turn off suitors," 14 May 2018 Mom was right: Showing up empty-handed to Thanksgiving dinner is entirely unacceptable. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 11 Best Beauty Gifts for Your Thanksgiving Host," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unacceptable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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unacceptable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unacceptable

: not pleasing or welcome : not acceptable

unacceptable

adjective
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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