Definition of acceptable in English:

acceptable

Line breaks: ac¦cept|able
Pronunciation: /əkˈsɛptəb(ə)l
 
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adjective

Phrases

the acceptable face of ——

The tolerable manifestation or aspect of (something usually considered suspect or immoral): the film’s breezy domesticity is the acceptable face of sentimental guff
More example sentences
  • Sandy Brindley of Rape Crisis added: ‘Lap dancing presents itself as the acceptable face of the sex industry.’
  • Boris [elected as MP for Henley in June's general election] is the acceptable face of Conservatism; he gets out there and promotes the magazine.
  • The 44-year-old entrepreneur, already regarded as the acceptable face of racy retailing, will become an even bigger household name when Mind Your Own Business, which starts filming tomorrow, hits the screen in April.

Derivatives

acceptability

Pronunciation: /əksɛptəˈbɪlɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • We would also like ration packs to do more than simply provide adequate food of sufficient acceptability.
  • Each item is evaluated for quality, acceptability to patients and staff, and cost.
  • The degree of acceptability or unacceptability of such a name may change over the years, and from group to group.

acceptably

adverb
More example sentences
  • We are reasonably experienced walkers, acceptably fit and have walked the route several times before.
  • State-of-the-art care usually results in a high degree of successful control of asthma with acceptably safe and reasonably convenient therapy.
  • Thus, while the dialogue is acceptably clear and suitably free of any distortion or noticeable hiss, the overall soundscape is subdued and hollow.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin acceptabilis, from acceptare (see accept).

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