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[ak-sep-tuh ns]
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  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.
  5. acceptation(def 1).
  6. 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.
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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
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Related Words for non-acceptance

rejection, exclusion, veto, reversal, defiance, ban, noncompliance, disapproval, repudiation, rebuttal, retraction, strangeness, violation, dissent, unruliness, disaffection, negation, denial, objection, insubordination

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Historical Examples of non-acceptance

  • At any rate it was the length which was assigned to her as a reason for non-acceptance.

    Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle

    Clement K. Shorter

  • You are requested to signify your acceptance, or non-acceptance of this appointment.

  • Answers to royal invitations should be written in the third person, and reasons given for non-acceptance.

  • Indeed, disappointment at the non-acceptance of so many of his views by the world at large accentuated it.

  • A reply to the invitation is a necessity, because the hostess wishes time, in case of non-acceptance, to secure another guest.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

British Dictionary definitions for non-acceptance


  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 acceptedCompare bank acceptance
  5. (plural) Australian and NZ 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
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Word Origin and History for non-acceptance



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

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