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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-sep-tuh-buh l]
    • /ækˈsɛp tə bəl/
    • /əkˈsept.ə.bl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-sep-tuh-buh l]
    • /ækˈsɛp tə bəl/

Definitions of acceptability word

  • adjective acceptability capable or worthy of being accepted. 1
  • adjective acceptability pleasing to the receiver; satisfactory; agreeable; welcome. 1
  • adjective acceptability meeting only minimum requirements; barely adequate: an acceptable performance. 1
  • adjective acceptability capable of being endured; tolerable; bearable: acceptable levels of radiation. 1
  • noun acceptability The quality of being acceptable; acceptableness. 1
  • noun acceptability (military) Operation plan review criterion. The determination as to whether the contemplated course of action is worth the cost in manpower, materiel, and time involved; is consistent with the law of war; and is militarily and politically supportable. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms). 0

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Origin of acceptability

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word acceptābilis. See accept, -able

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Parts of speech for Acceptability


acceptability popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

acceptability usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for acceptability

noun acceptability

  • standing — rank or status, especially with respect to social, economic, or personal position, reputation, etc.: He had little standing in the community.
  • prominence — Also, prominency. the state of being prominent; conspicuousness.
  • name — a dictionary of given names that indicates whether a name is usually male, female, or unisex and often includes origins as well as meanings; for example, as by indicating that Evangeline, meaning “good news,” comes from Greek. Used primarily as an aid in selecting a name for a baby, dictionaries of names may also include lists of famous people who have shared a name and information about its current popularity ranking.
  • character — The character of a person or place consists of all the qualities they have that make them distinct from other people or places.
  • influence — the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others: He used family influence to get the contract.

Antonyms for acceptability

noun acceptability

  • disapproval — the act or state of disapproving; a condemnatory feeling, look, or utterance; censure: stern disapproval.
  • disfavor — unfavorable regard; displeasure; disesteem; dislike: The prime minister incurred the king's disfavor.
  • disregard — to pay no attention to; leave out of consideration; ignore: Disregard the footnotes.
  • dislike — to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
  • disrespect — Lack of respect or courtesy.

Top questions with acceptability

  • what does acceptability mean?
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  • why is universal acceptability such an important characteristic of money?

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