[ ak-sep-tey-shuhn ]
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  1. the usual or accepted meaning of a word, phrase, etc.

  2. favorable regard; approval.

  1. belief; acceptance as true or valid.

Origin of acceptation

1400–50; late Middle English <Middle French. See accept, -ation

Other words from acceptation

  • non·ac·cep·ta·tion, noun

Words Nearby acceptation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use acceptation in a sentence

  • Besides having parties,—one essential of a covenant in its proper acceptation, this relation with God has conditions.

  • The words, taken in a new acceptation, reveal the charming maladroitness of a northern barbarian kneeling before a Roman beauty.

    Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
  • An examination of Elizabethan writings does not conduce to the idea of the term having had a widespread acceptation.

  • In its most proper acceptation, theory means the completed result of philosophical induction from experience.

  • It need hardly be told that his open and friendly address met equally ready and cheerful acceptation from Nigel Olifaunt.

    The Fortunes of Nigel | Sir Walter Scott

British Dictionary definitions for acceptation


/ (ˌæksɛpˈteɪʃən) /

  1. the accepted meaning, as of a word, phrase, etc

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