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[ak-sep-tuh-buh l]
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  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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Related Words for acceptably

happily, beautifully, perfectly, pleasantly, admirably, finely, sufficiently, competently, satisfactorily, appropriately, decently, okay, generously, lavishly, abundantly, extensively, richly, properly, adequately, liberally

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Historical Examples of acceptably

  • Let that, however, be as God wills, and be spoken of acceptably to him.



  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for acceptably


  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 acceptably



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

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