acceptable

[ak-sep-tuh-buh l]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. accentuate,
  2. accentuation,
  3. accentuator,
  4. accept,
  5. acceptability,
  6. acceptance,
  7. acceptance race,
  8. acceptance region,
  9. acceptancy,
  10. acceptant

Origin of acceptable

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word acceptābilis. See accept, -able

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British Dictionary definitions for acceptable

acceptable

adjective

satisfactory; adequate
pleasing; welcome
tolerable
Derived Formsacceptability or acceptableness, nounacceptably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for acceptable

acceptable

adj.

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

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