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[ ak-sep-tuhns, ik- ]


  1. the act of taking or receiving something offered.
  2. favorable reception; approval; favor.
  3. the act of assenting or believing:

    acceptance of a theory.

  4. the fact or state of being accepted or acceptable ( def ).
  5. Commerce.
    1. an engagement to pay an order, draft, or bill of exchange when it becomes due, as by the person on whom it is drawn.
    2. an order, draft, etc., that a person or bank has accepted as calling for payment and has thus promised to pay.


/ əkˈsɛptəns /


  1. the act of accepting or the state of being accepted or acceptable
  2. favourable reception; approval
  3. often foll by of belief (in) or assent (to)
  4. commerce
    1. a formal agreement by a debtor to pay a draft, bill, etc
    2. the document so accepted Compare bank acceptance
  5. plural a list of horses accepted as starters in a race
  6. contract law words or conduct by which a person signifies his assent to the terms and conditions of an offer or agreement
“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

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Other Words From

  • non·ac·cept·ance noun
  • pre·ac·cept·ance noun
  • pro·ac·cept·ance adjective
  • re·ac·cept·ance noun
  • self-ac·cep·tance noun
  • un·ac·cept·ance noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of acceptance1

First recorded in 1565–75; accept + -ance
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Example Sentences

Colleges and universities must evaluate their acceptance procedures and cost structures.

From Fortune

Mental health is a serious issue, but it’s also a deeply complex one and there’s growing acceptance among leaders that it’s time businesses made mental health a priority.

From Digiday

On Thursday evening during his acceptance speech, the president got at stocks, but barely.

From Vox

What I try to really help people with in my book, and I’m doing a course on this for the first time in September, is to help people realize that acceptance is what leads to wholeness.

In addition to other forms of community involvement, it holds monthly support group meetings with the goal of fostering understanding and acceptance within families.

And the capital city is a veritable utopia of acceptance and integration.

A better taxonomy would break us up by words like Acceptance, Partial Denial, and Total Denial.

In your acceptance speech at the National Book Awards, you said, “War is too strange to be processed alone.”

For the first time since I put my acceptance letter in the mail, I woke up this morning ashamed of my alma mater.

Removing distinctions like “plus-size” would get her and millions of other women closer to that level of acceptance.

This acceptance is based upon a transaction involving the importation or exportation of goods.

Accordingly he carries to court a beautiful barb, and requests his majesty's acceptance of it.

Strength is given him to do it with acceptance; and, through marvellous grace, he stands among the children of the Covenant!

In every contract there is an offer made by one party and an acceptance or refusal by the other.

Suppose he should receive an acceptance by letter or telegraph but deny it, and insist that no contract had been made.





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