[ ak-sep-tuh-buh l ]
/ ækˈsɛp tə bəl /


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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM acceptable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for unacceptable (1 of 2)

/ (ˌʌnəkˈsɛptəbəl) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for unacceptable (2 of 2)

/ (əkˈsɛptəbəl) /


satisfactory; adequate
pleasing; welcome

Derived forms of acceptable

acceptability or acceptableness, nounacceptably, adverb
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