Definition of acceptance in English:


Line breaks: ac¦cept|ance
Pronunciation: /əkˈsɛpt(ə)ns


[mass noun]
  • 1The action of consenting to receive or undertake something offered: charges involving the acceptance of bribes
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    • Typically courteous, he began his acceptance speech by offering copious thanks to all and sundry.
    • The commentary was her acceptance speech upon receiving the American Psychological Society's William James Fellow Award.
    • While Dr Mullins has received irrevocable acceptances of his offer from shareholders, owning 36% of the company, it is now considered a near certainty that the buyout will fail.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A draft or bill of exchange that is accepted by being signed: a banker’s acceptance
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    • The markets for bills of exchange and bankers' acceptances are simply too small to be of any use.
    • Taxable funds mainly invest in U.S. Treasury securities, government agency securities, repurchase agreements, CDs, commercial paper and bankers' acceptances.
    • Other fixed-interest investments such as T-bills, bankers' acceptances and certificates of deposit are also popular.
  • 2The process or fact of being received as adequate, valid, or suitable: you must wait for acceptance into the village
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    • While few would question that a married couple and their dependent children form a family unit, others receive less uniform social acceptance.
    • All parents want happiness for their children, and social acceptance is a critical factor at any age.
    • What we see as cultural acceptance might in fact be cultural imperialism - in the same way that Indian tea has long been seen as an English drink.
    welcome, welcoming, favourable reception, embracing, embrace, approval, adoption, integration


mid 16th century: from Old French, from accepter (see accept).

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