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ækˈsɛp tə bəlac·cept·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acceptableadjective

    worthy of acceptance or satisfactory

    "acceptable levels of radiation"; "performances varied from acceptable to excellent"

  2. acceptableadjective

    judged to be in conformity with approved usage

    "acceptable English usage"

  3. satisfactory, acceptableadjective

    meeting requirements

    "the step makes a satisfactory seat"

  4. acceptableadjective

    adequate for the purpose

    "the water was acceptable for drinking"


  1. acceptableadjective

    Capable, worthy, or sure of being accepted or received with pleasure; pleasing to a receiver; gratifying; agreeable; welcome; as, an acceptable present, one acceptable to us.

  2. acceptableadjective

    Barely worthy, less than excellent; passable.

  3. Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Acceptableadjective

    Etymology: acceptable, Fr. from the Latin.

    This woman, whom thou mad’st to be my help,
    And gav’st me as thy perfect gift, so good,
    So fit, so acceptable, so divine,
    That from her hand I could expect no ill. Parad. Lost, b. ii.

    I do not see any other method left for men of that function to take, in order to reform the world, than by using all honest arts to make themselves acceptable to the laity. Jonathan Swift, Proj. &c.

    After he had made a peace so acceptable to the church, and so honourable to himself, he spent the remainder of his life at Ripaille, and died with an extraordinary reputation of sanctity. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acceptableadjective

    capable, worthy, or sure of being accepted or received with pleasure; pleasing to a receiver; gratifying; agreeable; welcome; as, an acceptable present, one acceptable to us

  2. Etymology: [F. acceptable, L. acceptabilis, fr. acceptare.]

Editors Contribution

  1. acceptable

    Adequate for purpose.

    The level of compliance was acceptable.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'acceptable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2843

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'acceptable' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2591

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'acceptable' in Adjectives Frequency: #371

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of acceptable in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of acceptable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of acceptable in a Sentence

  1. Jessica Anderson:

    The Biden Administration needs to wake up and learn that it is not acceptable to use children for an experimental woke agenda, by pushing to expand access to dangerous cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers for minors without parental consent, Biden’s Executive Order threatens the physical and mental health – and futures – of our nation’s children. It’s also an unprecedented power grab, using the stroke of a pen to bully governors and parents who are simply trying to protect kids in their state.

  2. Michael Nichols:

    We realized that appearing in a Super Bowl for only the third time — and first time since losing to the Patriots in 2005 — was disorienting for Philadelphia fans and that clarity on acceptable items to bring in our park should be offered, given the Patriots are appearing in their record-extending 10th Super Bowl, we understand this information may not be needed by most park visitors.

  3. Thomas Meister:

    Uber firmly condemns the recent acts of violence against Uber partners and their cars, perpetrated today in Paris and in other French cities; whatever the anger, violence is never acceptable.

  4. Nikki Haley:

    That game is not acceptable in this administration. We expect far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.

  5. Alec Sulkin:

    If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they're going to have a few differences, some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable.

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