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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acceptability, acceptablenessnoun

    satisfactoriness by virtue of conforming to approved standards


  1. acceptabilitynoun

    The quality of being acceptable; acceptableness.

    Acceptability of repentance. - Jeremy Taylor, about 1640

  2. acceptabilitynoun

    Operation plan review criterion. The determination as to whether the contemplated course of action is worth the cost in manpower, materiel, and time involved; is consistent with the law of war; and is militarily and politically supportable. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Acceptabilitynoun

    The quality of being acceptable. See Acceptable.

    He hath given us his natural blood to be shed, for the remission of our sins, and for the obtaining the grace and acceptability of repentance. Jeremy Taylor, Worthy Communicant.


  1. Acceptability

    Acceptability is the characteristic of a thing being subject to acceptance for some purpose. A thing is acceptable if it is sufficient to serve the purpose for which it is provided, even if it is far less usable for this purpose than the ideal example. A thing is unacceptable (or has the characteristic of unacceptability) if it deviates so far from the ideal that it is no longer sufficient to serve the desired purpose, or if it goes against that purpose. Acceptability is an amorphous concept, being both highly subjective and circumstantial; a thing may be acceptable to one evaluator and unacceptable to another, or unacceptable for one purpose but acceptable for another. Furthermore, acceptability is not necessarily a logical or consistent exercise. A thing may be sufficient to serve a particular purpose but in the subjective view of the decision maker be unacceptable for that purpose.: 6  Philosopher Alex Michalos writes that "[t]he concept of acceptability is as ambiguous and troublesome as probability, confirmation, belief, justice, etc.", and assigns two potential meanings to the term with respect to the possible acceptability of hypotheses. Acceptability is a fundamental concept in numerous fields, including economics, medicine, linguistics, and biometrics.


  1. acceptability

    Acceptability refers to the quality or condition of being acceptable, agreed upon, or approved by a majority or by those in authority. It often involves conformity to an established standard, guideline, or societal norm. This term can be applied to various contexts such as behavior, language use, management decisions, research standards, and more. What is deemed acceptable can vary depending on cultural, ethical, or personal factors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acceptabilitynoun

    the quality of being acceptable; acceptableness

  2. Etymology: [LL. acceptabilitas.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. acceptability

    The joint operation plan review criterion for assessing whether the contemplated course of action is proportional and worth the cost in personnel, equipment, materiel, time involved, or position; is consistent with the law of war; and is militarily and politically supportable. See also adequacy; feasibility.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of acceptability in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of acceptability in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of acceptability in a Sentence

  1. Shah Mehmood Qureshi:

    If they live up to those expectations, they would make it easier for themselves, they will get acceptability, which is required for recognition, at the same time, the international community has to realize: What’s the alternative? What are the options? This is the reality, and can they turn away from this reality?

  2. Ulrich Eichhorn:

    The German auto industry for Germany is the key industry, the key innovator, alternative drive systems are very important for us because they dictate how well the cars function, how their sustainability and environmental acceptability are and of course how well they sell.

  3. J. William Galbraith:

    Familiarity may breed contempt in some areas of human behavior, but in the field of social ideas it is the touchstone of acceptability.

  4. Sukrit Vijayakar:

    We now have some data on vaccine rollouts, which show that acceptability is a bit on the low side, so pace of implementation may be slow... There may well be a bearish momentum developing (in oil markets).

  5. Barbara Carvalho:

    It's a social issue that's reaching a tipping point among Americans, i think we have to see at this point whether it continues to move forward with legalization and social acceptability and/or whether there is more reaction against it.

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