Acceptable Definition

Adequate to satisfy a need, requirement, or standard; satisfactory.
An acceptable excuse; acceptable behavior.
American Heritage
Worth accepting; satisfactory or, sometimes, merely adequate.
Webster's New World
Satisfactory but not superior; passable.
The restaurant was acceptable but did not live up to its reputation.
American Heritage
Tolerable; bearable.
Webster's New World

Capable, worthy, or sure of being accepted or received with pleasure; pleasing to a receiver; gratifying; agreeable; welcome; as, an acceptable present, one acceptable to us.


Origin of Acceptable

  • From Old French acceptable, from Latin acceptabilis (“worthy of acceptance”).

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in the late 14th century.

    From Wiktionary

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