- UK [əkˈseptəb(ə)l] / US
1) considered by most people to be reasonable or to be something that can be allowedsocially/politically/morally acceptable:acceptable to:
Pollution on this level is no longer socially acceptable.acceptable for someone to do something:
The proposals must be acceptable to the shareholders.
By the 1960s, it was becoming more acceptable for women to work in management.2)a) good enough for a particular purpose or situation
A success rate of 65% is acceptable.b) good enough but not very good
The service was attentive, the food acceptable but somewhat uninspiring.
UK [əkˌseptəˈbɪlətɪ] / US noun uncountable
acceptably low levels of risk
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acceptable — [ aksɛptabl ] adj. • déb. XIIIe; acetable « agréable » 1165; de accepter 1 ♦ Qui mérite d être accepté. ⇒ recevable. Offres acceptables. ⇒fam. valable. Elle « s engageait à fournir un alibi très acceptable » (Loti). ♢ Ling. Phrase acceptable. ⇒… … Encyclopédie Universelle
Acceptable.TV — Country of origin USA … Wikipedia
Acceptable — Ac*cept a*ble ( s[e^]pt [.a]*b l; 277), a. [F. acceptable, L. acceptabilis, fr. acceptare.] Capable, worthy, or sure of being accepted or received with pleasure; pleasing to a receiver; gratifying; agreeable; welcome; as, an acceptable present,… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
acceptable — I adjective adequate, admissible, advisable, agreeable, allowable, applicable, appropriate, attractive, becoming, comfortable, commensurate, conventional, decent, desirable, eligible, entitled, enviable, expedient, fair, felicitous, fit,… … Law dictionary
acceptable — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. acceptable, from L. acceptabilis worthy of acceptance, from acceptare (see ACCEPT (Cf. accept)). Related: Acceptably … Etymology dictionary
acceptable — [adj] satisfactory, agreeable adequate, admissible, all right, A OK*, average, big*, common, cooking with gas*, cool*, copacetic, decent, delightful, fair, hep*, hip*, hunky dory*, in the swim*, kosher*, large, okay, on the ball*, on the beam*,… … New thesaurus
acceptable — Acceptable, com. gen. penac. Recevable et aggreable envers chacun, Gratus, Acceptus, Mettable … Thresor de la langue françoyse
acceptable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) able to be accepted. 2) adequate, though not outstanding or perfect. DERIVATIVES acceptability noun acceptably adverb … English terms dictionary
acceptable — [ak sep′tə bəl, əksept′tə bəl] adj. 1. worth accepting; satisfactory or, sometimes, merely adequate 2. tolerable; bearable acceptability n. acceptableness acceptably adv … English World dictionary
acceptable — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove, seem ▪ become ▪ make sth ▪ an attempt to make the reforms acceptable to both sides ▪ … Collocations dictionary
acceptable — ac|cept|a|ble W3S3 [əkˈseptəbəl] adj 1.) good enough to be used for a particular purpose or to be considered satisfactory acceptable to ▪ an agreement which is acceptable to all sides ▪ Students who achieve an acceptable standard will progress to … Dictionary of contemporary English