acceptance

[ak-sep-tuhns]
noun
1.
the act of taking or receiving something offered.
2.
favorable reception; approval; favor.
3.
the act of assenting or believing: acceptance of a theory.
4.
the fact or state of being accepted or acceptable.
5.
acceptation ( def 1 ).
6.
Commerce.
a.
an engagement to pay an order, draft, or bill of exchange when it becomes due, as by the person on whom it is drawn.
b.
an order, draft, etc., that a person or bank has accepted as calling for payment and has thus promised to pay.

Origin:
1565–75; accept + -ance

nonacceptance, noun
preacceptance, noun
proacceptance, adjective
reacceptance, noun
self-acceptance, noun
unacceptance, noun
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acceptance (əkˈsɛptəns)
 
n
1.  the act of accepting or the state of being accepted or acceptable
2.  favourable reception; approval
3.  (often foll by of) belief (in) or assent (to)
4.  commerce
 a.  a formal agreement by a debtor to pay a draft, bill, etc
 b.  Compare bank acceptance the document so accepted
5.  (Austral), (NZ) (plural) a list of horses accepted as starters in a race
6.  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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acceptance
1590s, from Fr. acceptance, from accepter (see accept).
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Example sentences
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.
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