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[ak-sep-tey-shuh n] /ˌæk sɛpˈteɪ ʃən/
the usual or accepted meaning of a word, phrase, etc.
favorable regard; approval.
belief; acceptance as true or valid.
Origin of acceptation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French. See accept, -ation
Related forms
nonacceptation, noun Unabridged
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  • He became a saint—an ascetic in the seventeenth-century acceptation of the word.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • It is the negation of contract and the acceptation of status.

    Hilaire Belloc C. Creighton Mandell
  • It is also, in the present acceptation of the word, improper.

  • In its common, or generally received, acceptation, it implies two things.

  • Their cards of acceptation were shown with triumph by the Germaines; but it was a triumph of short duration.

  • If it is 'worthy of all acceptation,' it is worthy of your acceptation.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • In that acceptation, value is usually divided into value-in-use, and value-in-exchange.

    Money John P. Jones
  • The acceptation enabled him to look at the link with more equanimity.

    Paths of Judgement Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • It is good news, worthy of all acceptation; and yet not too good to be true.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • Moreover, he is a true cosmopolite, in every acceptation of the word.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
British Dictionary definitions for acceptation


the accepted meaning, as of a word, phrase, etc
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