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acceptable

[ak-sep-tuh-buh l]
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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.
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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
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acceptable

adjective
  1. satisfactory; adequate
  2. pleasing; welcome
  3. tolerable
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Derived Formsacceptability or acceptableness, nounacceptably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for acceptability

n.

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

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acceptable

adj.

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

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