- 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
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Examples from the Web for acceptably
Let that, however, be as God wills, and be spoken of acceptably to him.Phaedrus
Whatever it was, it was, acceptably, relatively close to this earth.
I know of no aerolite that has ever been acceptably traced to terrestrial origin.
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.
- satisfactory; adequate
- pleasing; welcome
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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.
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