- capable or worthy of being accepted.
- pleasing to the receiver; satisfactory; agreeable; welcome.
- meeting only minimum requirements; barely adequate: an acceptable performance.
- capable of being endured; tolerable; bearable: acceptable levels of radiation.
Origin of acceptable
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- satisfactory; adequate
- pleasing; welcome
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
late 14c., from Old French acceptable, from Latin acceptabilis "worthy of acceptance," from acceptare (see accept). Related: Acceptably.
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