ac·​cep·​tance ik-ˈsep-tən(t)s How to pronounce acceptance (audio)
: the quality or state of being accepted or acceptable
His theories have gained widespread acceptance.
: the act of accepting something or someone : the fact of being accepted : approval
acceptance of responsibility
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
: the act of accepting a time draft or bill of exchange for payment when due according to the specified terms
: an accepted draft or bill of exchange

Example Sentences

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 With the acceptance of the grant, Hollander is obligated to provide the city with semi-annual performance reports during the construction phase of the project. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 10 Mar. 2023 Yet, while the acceptance of mental health has come a long way in general society, many employees still worry that any personal struggle could become a liability at work. Becky Bailey, Quartz, 8 Mar. 2023 Full of charm and messages of self-love and acceptance, this whimsical rom-com is a delight to watch. Liz Kadar, Country Living, 14 Feb. 2023 The community these sounds bring together and the message of love and acceptance associated with them are what music is all about for me. Jasmine Jones, SPIN, 28 Dec. 2022 Secular Christmas fantasies tend to go hard on familial love and acceptance, which are simply not the reality for many people. Philip Galanes, Chicago Tribune, 27 Dec. 2022 The defiant message on the star’s cane on Sunday night reflects her admission at the time that the period did not bring about a sense of acceptance. Kerry Mcdermott, Vogue, 28 Feb. 2023 John Fetterman: The Democratic senator from Pennsylvania is the latest public figure to disclose his mental health struggles, an indication of growing acceptance, though some stigma remains. Jill Cowan, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2023 The third class is the risk of market acceptance of a new product. Arie Brish, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of acceptance was circa 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Acceptance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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ac·​cep·​tance ik-ˈsep-tən(t)s How to pronounce acceptance (audio)
: the act of accepting
: the quality or state of being accepted or acceptable
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