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 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 Watley, a 39-year-old two-time Olympian and softball legend, had their back, firing back that the tweet was unacceptable and setting the tone that the players would not accept the misrepresentation of their beliefs. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "20 for 2020: Sports figures who defined courageous and kind, selfish and stubborn," 28 Dec. 2020 That's especially unacceptable in this case, the letter's signers say. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's Okee Dokee Brothers withdraw from all-white Grammy Awards list," 10 Dec. 2020 Alabama’s current method of voting is antiquated, would be unacceptable in many states and blocks some people from the ballot, according to a longtime observer of Alabama politics. al, "Alabama needs more early voting, current system ‘antiquated,’ observer says," 30 Oct. 2020 The drops and fumbles are unacceptable for someone who is supposed to be Dallas’ most consistent and trustworthy option. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Browns, including a silver lining hidden within the loss to Cleveland," 5 Oct. 2020 Because all Republican nominees to the high court are completely unacceptable to Democrats. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: Full court press," 27 Sep. 2020 That's unacceptable to the people of this mountain community. Topher Gauk-roger, CNN, "A California family recalled a harrowing escape before their home was swallowed by flames. 'We're nomads'," 10 Sep. 2020 Now, should the November election prove for whatever reason inconclusive or unacceptable to Trump, experts imagine the president could thrust serving men and women into the middle of a post-election crisis. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s embrace of the military gets awkward," 8 Sep. 2020 Also unacceptable to Stutes is that board appointees can vote before they are confirmed. Anchorage Daily News, "California startup turns Bristol Bay salmon skins into a fried snack," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of unacceptable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unacceptable was in the 15th century

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15 Jan 2021

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“Unacceptable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unacceptable. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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