ac·​cep·​tance | \ ik-ˈsep-tən(t)s How to pronounce acceptance (audio) , ak- \

Definition of acceptance

1 : the quality or state of being accepted or acceptable His theories have gained widespread acceptance.
2 : the act of accepting something or someone : the fact of being accepted : approval acceptance of responsibility
3 law : an agreeing either expressly or by conduct to the act or offer of another so that a contract is concluded and the parties become legally bound
4a : the act of accepting a time draft or bill of exchange for payment when due according to the specified terms
b : an accepted draft or bill of exchange

Examples of acceptance in a Sentence

her acceptance into the club The university has sent me a letter of acceptance. He delivered an acceptance speech after he was chosen as the party's presidential nominee.
Recent Examples on the Web Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Croatia are also making their acceptance of an oil embargo conditional on assistance from Brussels. Laurence Norman, WSJ, 9 May 2022 Mississippi Power argued against the rebates in a February filing to the commission; Entergy Mississippi, which hasn’t opposed the rebates, said its acceptance depends on what the final rules say. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 8 May 2022 The company has four years of experience in the cryptocurrency industry and their acceptance of a project acts as a sort of stamp of approval. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Tae Kerr, who recently went through a difficult pregnancy and premature birth, appeared on a screen from home during their acceptance, holding her new baby. cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 During their acceptance, what began as a joke — when Doja ran out of the bathroom to make it to the stage — turned into an emotional speech. Robyn Merrett,, 4 Apr. 2022 At the very least, the league needs to acknowledge that its widespread acceptance of gambling requires even more education for the players. Paul Newberry, ajc, 11 Mar. 2022 Our acceptance of those deaths never accounted for alternatives. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 8 Mar. 2022 Two good ways to increase your acceptance of race discomfort are bracing and detachment. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of acceptance

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for acceptance

borrowed from Anglo-French, "agreement to abide by the act on another," from accepter "to accept" + -ance -ance

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13 May 2022

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“Acceptance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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ac·​cep·​tance | \ ik-ˈsep-təns How to pronounce acceptance (audio) , ak- \

Kids Definition of acceptance

1 : the act of accepting
2 : the quality or state of being accepted or acceptable


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