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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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Examples from the Web for acceptably
Historical Examples
  • Let that, however, be as God wills, and be spoken of acceptably to him.

    Phaedrus Plato
  • I know of no aerolite that has ever been acceptably traced to terrestrial origin.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • Whatever it was, it was, acceptably, relatively close to this earth.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • Earl, our cause is just and we must learn to plead it acceptably.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
  • He had formerly served the country most acceptably at the French court.

  • That God may be acceptably worshipped in all places when it is our duty.

    A Christian Directory Baxter Richard
  • "It strikes me you speak it most acceptably," interposed Percival.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • The purpose of the novel is, after all, to be acceptably interesting.

    Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker S. Weir Mitchell
  • The milk supplements the cereal as acceptably as in a dish of mush and milk.

    Everyday Foods in War Time

    Mary Swartz Rose
  • Their partisans they must acceptably thank, and they must be quick of wit with their adversaries.

    Lewis Rand

    Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for acceptably


satisfactory; adequate
pleasing; welcome
Derived Forms
acceptability, acceptableness, noun
acceptably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for acceptably



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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