acceptable

[ak-sep-tuh-buh l]
See more synonyms for acceptable on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. capable or worthy of being accepted.
  2. pleasing to the receiver; satisfactory; agreeable; welcome.
  3. meeting only minimum requirements; barely adequate: an acceptable performance.
  4. 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 formsac·cept·a·bil·i·ty, ac·cept·a·ble·ness, nounac·cept·a·bly, adverbun·ac·cept·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·ac·cept·a·ble, adjectiveun·ac·cept·a·ble·ness, nounun·ac·cept·a·bly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018


Examples from the Web for acceptability

Contemporary Examples of acceptability

  • And then we want to install a government which has credibility, which has acceptability to the people of Afghanistan.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Musharraf on Fixing Pakistan

    Michael Smerconish

    October 28, 2009

Historical Examples of acceptability


British Dictionary definitions for acceptability

acceptable

adjective
  1. satisfactory; adequate
  2. pleasing; welcome
  3. tolerable
Derived Formsacceptability or acceptableness, nounacceptably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for acceptability
n.

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

acceptable

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper