What does acceptable mean?

Definitions for acceptable
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.


  1. acceptable

    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. acceptable

    Acceptable is defined as something that is satisfactory or permissible. It is often characterized by being agreed upon or deemed sufficient by a specific group or society. These standards can vary based on cultural, societal, or personal norms. In essence, being acceptable means being tolerable, bearable, allowed, suitable or appropriate.

  2. acceptable

    Acceptable is an adjective used to describe something that can be allowed or approved. It usually indicates that the particular thing meets certain standards, conditions, rules, or requirements, and is satisfactory or suitable for a specific purpose or situation. Furthermore, it also refers to something or someone's behaviour that is socially or morally agreeable.

  3. acceptable

    Acceptable refers to something that is deemed satisfactory, suitable, tolerable or permitted, usually based on certain agreed upon standards, rules, or guidelines. It could also refer to a condition, behavior, or attitude that is generally approved or allowed by the majority in a society. What is deemed acceptable may vary based on different cultural, social, personal, or professional contexts.

  4. acceptable

    Acceptable refers to anything that meets a certain standard, is approved, allowed, or is satisfactory. It denotes anything that is good enough or suitable for a specific requirement or purpose. This term can relate to behavior, standards, conditions and various other aspects, depending on the context in which it is used.

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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British National Corpus

  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. Matthew Myers:

    Raising the tobacco age to 21 is a positive step, but it is not a substitute for prohibiting the flavored e-cigarettes that are luring and addicting our kids, to reverse the e-cigarette epidemic, policy makers must prohibit flavored e-cigarettes and can not be limited by what the tobacco industry says is acceptable.

  2. President Andrzej Duda:

    We are in talks and there are other solutions, much more of a compromise than those which were in the parliament. One has to find a solution somewhere in between. There are many ideas, I hope we can work out a solution that would be acceptable.

  3. William Ivey Long:

    Pushing what is able to be told and how it is able to be told is always important in the theater, one must always encourage these expressions, be they acceptable, outrageous, over-the-top, horrifying, chilling, all these things. We have some of each of that in the new shows this season.

  4. James Comey:

    Does that mean we’ve become numb to this? It’s not OK for the president of the United States to say a private citizen should be in jail, it’s not normal. It’s not acceptable. It’s not OK.

  5. Janos Lazar:

    The solution under preparation will be acceptable to the European Commission, Russia as well as Hungary, it will ensure secure fuel supply for Hungary, naturally enable the Russians as well to be able to ship fuel, and naturally allow Hungary to access the most competitively priced fuel.

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