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[ak-sep-tuh ns] /ækˈsɛp təns/
the act of taking or receiving something offered.
favorable reception; approval; favor.
the act of assenting or believing:
acceptance of a theory.
the fact or state of being accepted or acceptable.
acceptation (def 1).
  1. an engagement to pay an order, draft, or bill of exchange when it becomes due, as by the person on whom it is drawn.
  2. an order, draft, etc., that a person or bank has accepted as calling for payment and has thus promised to pay.
Origin of acceptance
1565-75; accept + -ance
Related forms
nonacceptance, noun
preacceptance, noun
proacceptance, adjective
reacceptance, noun
self-acceptance, noun
unacceptance, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for acceptance
  • Your acceptance of things in your life taking more time for you is truly admirable.
  • Belief in an interventionist deity demands acceptance that events occur for which there is no naturalistic explanation.
  • The acceptance rates at elite colleges are getting lower.
  • Every year around this time colleges and universities release their acceptance rates.
  • Acupuncture suffers from two barriers to more widespread acceptance by doctors.
  • Although he was ridiculed at the time, acceptance of the fork soon followed.
  • Payment will be made upon acceptance of the text with submission of an invoice in the amount specified in the contract.
  • acceptance rates at selective colleges have been declining for decades.
  • But turning a conditional-admission offer into a full-fledged acceptance doesn't come cheaply for students.
  • There will never be any public display of community acceptance.
British Dictionary definitions for acceptance


the act of accepting or the state of being accepted or acceptable
favourable reception; approval
(often foll by of) belief (in) or assent (to)
  1. a formal agreement by a debtor to pay a draft, bill, etc
  2. the document so accepted Compare bank acceptance
(pl) (Austral & NZ) a list of horses accepted as starters in a race
(contract law) words or conduct by which a person signifies his assent to the terms and conditions of an offer or agreement
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Word Origin and History for acceptance

1570s, from Middle French acceptance, from accepter (see accept). Earlier in same sense was acceptation (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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