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[ak-sep-tuh-buh l] /ækˈsɛp tə bəl/
capable or worthy of being accepted.
pleasing to the receiver; satisfactory; agreeable; welcome.
meeting only minimum requirements; barely adequate:
an acceptable performance.
capable of being endured; tolerable; bearable:
acceptable levels of radiation.
Origin of acceptable
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word acceptābilis. See accept, -able
Related forms
acceptability, acceptableness, noun
acceptably, adverb
unacceptability, noun
unacceptable, adjective
unacceptableness, noun
unacceptably, adverb Unabridged
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  • The party is the final arbiter regarding the acceptability of work for publication.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • The acceptability of Mr. Mallory to the people, at the outset of his career, has been noted.

  • The same considerations and the same safeguard apply with respect to acceptability of the consequences.

    Sound Military Decision U.s. Naval War College
  • The "Pansy Books" may be purchased by any Sunday-school without hesitation as to their character or acceptability.

  • It is not enough for a prophet to believe in his message; he must believe in its acceptability.

    Twelve Types G.K. Chesterton
  • They would not draw near to the god, with an offering about the acceptability of which they were in doubt.

  • There can be no question of its supreme place in our literature; there can be no doubt of its wide acceptance and acceptability.

  • We go on with these disregarded data, some of which, many of which, are of the highest degree of acceptability.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • There still remains a doubt in Hannibal as to its perfect suitability, but there is no doubt as to its acceptability.

British Dictionary definitions for acceptability


satisfactory; adequate
pleasing; welcome
Derived Forms
acceptability, acceptableness, noun
acceptably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for acceptability

1660s, from Late Latin acceptabilitas, from Latin acceptabilis (see acceptable).



late 14c., from Old French acceptable, from Latin acceptabilis "worthy of acceptance," from acceptare (see accept). Related: Acceptably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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