Meaning of ACCEPTABLE in English


I.  ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷təbəl adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin acceptabilis, from Latin acceptare + -abilis -able

1. : capable or worthy of being accepted

no compromise could ever be acceptable

: satisfactory

acceptable living conditions

: conforming to or equal to approved standards

acceptable English usage


a. : welcome , pleasing

compliments … are always acceptable to ladies — Jane Austen

b. : barely satisfactory or adequate

performances varied from excellent to acceptable

• ac·cept·ably -blē, -i adverb

II. adjective

: capable of being endured : tolerable

maximum acceptable damage from nuclear attack

an acceptable level of risk

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