Meaning of ACCEPTABLE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ækseptəb(ə)l ]

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Acceptable activities and situations are those that most people approve of or consider to be normal.

It is becoming more acceptable for women to drink alcohol...

The air pollution exceeds most acceptable levels by 10 times or more.

≠ unacceptable


• ac‧cept‧abil‧ity increase in the social acceptability of divorce.

N-UNCOUNT : usu N of n

• ac‧cept‧ably

The aim of discipline is to teach children to behave acceptably.



If something is acceptable to someone, they agree to consider it, use it, or allow it to happen.

They have thrashed out a compromise formula acceptable to Moscow...

They recently failed to negotiate a mutually acceptable new contract.

≠ unacceptable

ADJ : oft ADJ to n


If you describe something as acceptable , you mean that it is good enough or fairly good.

On the far side of the street was a restaurant that looked acceptable...


• ac‧cept‧ably

...a method that provides an acceptably accurate solution to a problem...

ADV : ADV adj , ADV with v

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