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acceptable

[ak-sep-tuh-buh l] /ækˈsɛp tə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable or worthy of being accepted.
2.
pleasing to the receiver; satisfactory; agreeable; welcome.
3.
meeting only minimum requirements; barely adequate:
an acceptable performance.
4.
capable of being endured; tolerable; bearable:
acceptable levels of radiation.
Origin of acceptable
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin acceptābilis. See accept, -able
Related forms
acceptability, acceptableness, noun
acceptably, adverb
unacceptability, noun
unacceptable, adjective
unacceptableness, noun
unacceptably, adverb
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  • She knew also that Mrs. Winston would certainly take Mildred's part in resisting an unacceptable match.

    Trevethlan: Volume 1 William Davy Watson
  • One crime more will not make you unacceptable to her you love.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • A description of them may not be unacceptable to your readers.

  • A short sketch of his life will not, perhaps, be unacceptable to the reader.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • In many places they are unacceptable in town and city pulpits; they are relegated to small and unimportant spheres of labour.

    Nestleton Magna J. Jackson Wray
British Dictionary definitions for unacceptable

unacceptable

/ˌʌnəkˈsɛptəbəl/
adjective
1.
not satisfactory; inadequate: the standard was wholly unacceptable
2.
intolerable: hitting children is unacceptable

acceptable

/əkˈsɛptəbəl/
adjective
1.
satisfactory; adequate
2.
pleasing; welcome
3.
tolerable
Derived Forms
acceptability, acceptableness, noun
acceptably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unacceptable
adj.

late 15c., from un- (1) "not" + acceptable. Related: Unacceptably.

acceptable

adj.

late 14c., from Old French acceptable, from Latin acceptabilis "worthy of acceptance," from acceptare (see accept). Related: Acceptably.

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