[ak-sep-tuh ns]


the act of taking or receiving something offered.
favorable reception; approval; favor.
the act of assenting or believing: acceptance of a theory.
the fact or state of being accepted or acceptable.
  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.

Origin of acceptance

First recorded in 1565–75; accept + -ance
Related formsnon·ac·cept·ance, nounpre·ac·cept·ance, nounpro·ac·cept·ance, adjectivere·ac·cept·ance, nounself-ac·cep·tance, nounun·ac·cept·ance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for acceptance

Contemporary Examples of acceptance

Historical Examples of acceptance

  • But her new theory of acceptance did not comprehend everything.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Humility, like the artistic, acceptance of all experiences, is merely a mode of manifestation.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • I have, however, to do it, and now and then I have moments of submission and acceptance.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • I was not insensible to the advantages of his proposal, and gladly assured him of my acceptance.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • An acceptance so direct left Clarence no alternative: his fate was decided.

British Dictionary definitions for acceptance



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

1570s, from Middle French acceptance, from accepter (see accept). Earlier in same sense was acceptation (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper