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[ak-sep-tey-shuh n]
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  1. the usual or accepted meaning of a word, phrase, etc.
  2. favorable regard; approval.
  3. belief; acceptance as true or valid.
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Origin of acceptation

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French. See accept, -ation
Related formsnon·ac·cep·ta·tion, noun
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Related Words for acceptation

connotation, purport, sense, value, meaning, intent, significance, denotation, message

Examples from the Web for acceptation

Historical Examples of acceptation

  • It is also, in the present acceptation of the word, improper.

    Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II

    Francis Augustus Cox

  • In its common, or generally received, acceptation, it implies two things.

  • It is a maxim worthy of all acceptation that a man may have that allowance he takes.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Yet, love, mere love, is beautiful indeed And worthy of acceptation.

    Sonnets from the Portuguese

    Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

  • This decree of the Senate was submitted to the acceptation of the French people.

British Dictionary definitions for acceptation


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