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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unacceptableadjective

    not adequate to give satisfaction

    "the coach told his players that defeat was unacceptable"

  2. unacceptableadjective

    not acceptable; not welcome

    "a word unacceptable in polite society"; "an unacceptable violation of personal freedom"

  3. impossible, insufferable, unacceptable, unsufferableadjective

    used of persons or their behavior

    "impossible behavior"; "insufferable insolence"

  4. unacceptable, unacceptedadjective

    not conforming to standard usage

    "the following use of `access' was judged unacceptable by a panel of linguists; `You can access your cash at any of 300 automatic tellers'"


  1. unacceptableadjective

    unsatisfactory; not acceptable

  2. unacceptableadjective

    not conforming to accepted usage

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unacceptableadjective

    Not pleasing; not such as is well received.

    Etymology: from acceptable.

    The marquis at that time was very unacceptable to his countrymen. Edward Hyde.

    Tis as indecent as unacceptable, and all men are willing to slink out of such company, the sober for the hazards, and jovial for the unpleasantness. Government of the Tongue.

    Every method for deterring others from the like practices for the future, must be unacceptable and displeasing to the friends of the guilty. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    If he shrinks from an unacceptable duty, there is a secret reserve of infidelity at the bottom. John Rogers, Sermons.


  1. unacceptable

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unacceptableadjective

    not acceptable; not pleasing; not welcome; unpleasant; disagreeable; displeasing; offensive

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unacceptable

    un-ak-sept′a-bl, adj. not acceptable, not pleasing or welcome.—n. Unaccept′ableness.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unacceptable' in Adjectives Frequency: #894

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unacceptable in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unacceptable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of unacceptable in a Sentence

  1. Candace Owens:

    I ’m telling you this personal story because I think it is something that made me for the first-time question Former President Donald Trump as a person. So, you have an individual who’s spent years defending you, right, and that individual gave you a completely kind and fair interview. You said something yourself that your base did n’t like. And you somehow transformed that into something that I did wrong, that is unacceptable. That is not being a leader. That is not owning things that you did wrong. That’s not owning that you misunderstood something about your base. That’s not growing. That’s not developing. PELOSI REJECTS THE IDEA THAT A TRUMP 2024 RUN WOULD BE GOOD NEWS FOR DEMOCRATS, SUPPORTS BIDEN RE-ELECTION BID Candace Owens is seen on set of.

  2. Mayor Adams:

    To see something like this happen repeatedly in our city is unacceptable.

  3. Nanette Barragán:

    Madam Secretary, I don't know if you know what's happening, or if this is happening without you knowing, but it's totally unacceptable.

  4. William Barr:

    The status quo is exceptionally dangerous, unacceptable, and only getting worse.

  5. Scott Becker:

    That was unacceptable to New York, a handful of labs had this issue. It wasn't very many. But in the case of New York, where they were following multiple people under investigation and with all the global air travel, they really have an urgent need to bring up testing.

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