acceptable [ak-sep-tuh-buh l] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for acceptable on 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 First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word acceptābilis. See accept, -able Related formsac·cept·a·bil·i·ty, ac·cept·a·ble·ness, nounac·cept·a·bly, adverbun·ac·cept·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·ac·cept·a·ble, adjectiveun·ac·cept·a·ble·ness, nounun·ac·cept·a·bly, adverb Related Words for unacceptable unsatisfactory, inadmissible, distasteful, objectionable, offensive, improper, undesirable, repugnant, damaged, disagreeable, displeasing, exceptionable, half-baked, ill-favored, insupportable, lousy, obnoxious, reject, unappealing, uninviting Examples from the Web for unacceptable Contemporary Examples of unacceptable

  • The fact that I was neither outraged nor filled with jubilation was not only unacceptable, but also placed me in the minority.

    The Outrage Over Beyonce’s Bettie Page Bangs: Why the Media Must Stop Objectifying Women

    Phoebe Robinson

    October 15, 2014

  • That, they feel, is unacceptable given the Sudden Departure.

    Carrie Coon on ‘The Leftovers,’ That Wild Finale, Her Apocalyptic Visions, and ‘Gone Girl’

    Marlow Stern

    September 9, 2014

  • Rõivas called the kidnapping of a counterintelligence official a serious crime “unacceptable to any Estonian.”

    Russia Steps Up Pressure on the Baltics

    Will Cathcart

    September 5, 2014

  • The jurors could “send a message” that bitter, defamatory blogging and tweeting was unacceptable.

    The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read

    David Weigel

    August 30, 2014

  • He detailed the unacceptable groups like the NRA, big sugar and Monsanto, from which Michaud had taken donations from.

    Could Maine Re-Elect Its Wingnut Governor Paul LePage?

    Ben Jacobs

    August 21, 2014

  • Historical Examples of unacceptable

  • One crime more will not make you unacceptable to her you love.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

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

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • But before he had finished he felt that his jest was unacceptable and had not come off.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • Some few hints as to collecting larvae may not be unacceptable.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

  • But radical finalism is quite as unacceptable, and for the same reason.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

  • British Dictionary definitions for unacceptable unacceptable adjective

    1. not satisfactory; inadequatethe standard was wholly unacceptable
    2. intolerablehitting children is unacceptable

    acceptable adjective

    1. satisfactory; adequate
    2. pleasing; welcome
    3. tolerable

    Derived Formsacceptability or acceptableness, nounacceptably, adverb 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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