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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The enormous local and international exposure in turn magnified behaviors by some haredi visitors to Arosa that are unacceptable in Switzerland. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "In the Swiss Alps, locals and haredi Orthodox tourists find ways to get along," 2 July 2019 Yesterday’s obtuse view of music culture is unacceptable after the revelations of Vox Lux. Armond White, National Review, "Yesterday Is Cynical, Fake Nostalgia," 28 June 2019 In this undeniable context, adding a tool that will exacerbate this disparity would be unacceptable. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Axon, the maker of police body cams, won’t pursue facial recognition as a business," 27 June 2019 There are certain behaviors that, by their nature, are unacceptable and there are others that are less so. Chris Morris, Fortune, "'Borderlands 3' Brings Big Potential Profits, Big Potential Headaches to Take-Two," 19 June 2019 United States officials have said for years that Huawei products pose unacceptable security risks for Americans, citing the company’s ties to Beijing and its murky ownership. New York Times, "Huawei’s New Front in the Global Technology Cold War: Australia," 19 June 2018 Excluding women from clinical research has real harms: Of the 10 drugs pulled from the market between 1997 and 2000 because of unacceptable health risks, eight of them posed greater health risks to women. Amy M. Miller, STAT, "Studying sex differences will improve health for women and men," 13 June 2018 Anadarko responded that lowering the overall value would be unacceptable. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Oxy's pursuit of Anadarko - two years in the making," 7 June 2019 Trying to manage one of the world’s largest automakers under such conditions would be unacceptable, one of the people said. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "How France’s Intrusive Demands Quashed the Fiat-Renault Deal," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of unacceptable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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