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.
Recent Examples on the Web Failing to feed our school-aged youth because of strict, unattainable nutrition guidelines is unacceptable. Guy Yehiav, Forbes, 28 June 2022 And actually, some things have always been true and some things have always been unacceptable. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 10 June 2022 This is unacceptable, and our children deserve better. Brooke Baitinger, Sun Sentinel, 9 June 2022 However, Hancock also reports that the bill remains unacceptable for LGBTQ Ohioans, their supporters, and high school and college athletic associations. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 17 June 2022 Like the housing authority, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs found unacceptable conditions at Pavilion Place. Alan Judd, ajc, 13 June 2022 South Korean Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday condemned the North’s ongoing military activities and preparations for a nuclear test as unacceptable provocations. Reuters, NBC News, 11 June 2022 The comments that this candidate made were not just unfortunate but unacceptable. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2022 That hasn’t deterred Barden in his mission to make gun violence socially and culturally unacceptable, like drunk driving or not wearing a seatbelt; to try, unceasingly, to protect other children and families. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unacceptable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jul 2022

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

More from Merriam-Webster on unacceptable

Nglish: Translation of unacceptable for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of unacceptable for Arabic Speakers


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