acceptable Definition

  • 1able to be agreed on; suitable or satisfactory
  • 2tolerable; not objectionable

Using acceptable: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "acceptable" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The terms of the contract were acceptable to both parties.

  • Example

    The food was barely acceptable, but at least it was edible.

  • Example

    His behavior was not acceptable in a professional setting.

  • Example

    The company has set high standards for acceptable conduct.

acceptable Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with acceptable

  • behavior that is considered appropriate or suitable within a particular society or culture


    In some cultures, it is not socially acceptable for women to wear revealing clothing.

  • just good enough to be considered satisfactory


    The quality of the work was barely acceptable, but we had no choice but to submit it.

  • a set of rules and guidelines that dictate how a particular technology or service can be used


    The company's acceptable use policy prohibits employees from using company resources for personal gain.

Origins of acceptable

from Old French 'acceptable', from Latin 'acceptabilis', from 'acceptare' meaning 'to accept'


Summary: acceptable in Brief

The term 'acceptable' [əkˈseptəbl] refers to something that is suitable, satisfactory, or tolerable. It can be used to describe behavior, standards, or agreements, as in 'The terms of the contract were acceptable to both parties.' 'Acceptable' can also be used in phrases like 'socially acceptable,' which describes behavior that is considered appropriate within a particular society or culture.

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