[ak-sep-tuh-buh l]


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.

Nearby words

  1. accentuate,
  2. accentuation,
  3. accentuator,
  4. accept,
  5. acceptability,
  6. acceptance,
  7. acceptance race,
  8. acceptance region,
  9. acceptancy,
  10. acceptant

Origin of acceptable

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word acceptābilis. See accept, -able

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for unacceptable



not satisfactory; inadequatethe standard was wholly unacceptable
intolerablehitting children is unacceptable



satisfactory; adequate
pleasing; welcome
Derived Formsacceptability or acceptableness, nounacceptably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for unacceptable
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