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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-sep-tuh-buh l]
    • /ækˈsɛp tə bəl/
    • /əkˈseptəbl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-sep-tuh-buh l]
    • /ækˈsɛp tə bəl/

Definitions of acceptable word

  • adjective acceptable Acceptable activities and situations are those that most people approve of or consider to be normal. 3
  • adjective acceptable If something is acceptable to someone, they agree to consider it, use it, or allow it to happen. 3
  • adjective acceptable If you describe something as acceptable, you mean that it is good enough or fairly good. 3
  • adjective acceptable satisfactory; adequate 3
  • adjective acceptable pleasing; welcome 3
  • adjective acceptable tolerable 3

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Origin of acceptable

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 Acceptable


acceptable 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.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

acceptable usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for acceptable

adj acceptable

  • fair — free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge.
  • decent — Decent is used to describe something which is considered to be of an acceptable standard or quality.
  • sufficient — adequate for the purpose; enough: sufficient proof; sufficient protection.
  • respectable — worthy of respect or esteem; estimable; worthy: a respectable citizen.
  • common — If something is common, it is found in large numbers or it happens often.

adjective acceptable

  • satisfactory — giving or affording satisfaction; fulfilling all demands or requirements: a satisfactory solution.
  • suitable — such as to suit; appropriate; fitting; becoming.
  • appropriate — Something that is appropriate is suitable or acceptable for a particular situation.
  • agreeable — If something is agreeable, it is pleasant and you enjoy it.
  • gratifying — tending to gratify; giving or causing satisfaction; pleasing.

verb acceptable

  • fit — adapted or suited; appropriate: This water isn't fit for drinking. A long-necked giraffe is fit for browsing treetops.

Antonyms for acceptable

adj acceptable

  • unsuitable — not suitable; inappropriate; unfitting; unbecoming.
  • insufficient — not sufficient; lacking in what is necessary or required: an insufficient answer.
  • intolerable — not tolerable; unendurable; insufferable: intolerable pain.
  • inadequate — not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.
  • disturbing — upsetting or disquieting; dismaying: a disturbing increase in the crime rate.

adjective acceptable

  • annoying — Someone or something that is annoying makes you feel fairly angry and impatient.

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