Definition of acceptance in English:

acceptance

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action of consenting to receive or undertake something offered.

    ‘charges involving the acceptance of bribes’
    • ‘This year she told the crowd that she had just realized her dress was completely see-through; she spent the rest of her acceptance speech with her legs firmly together.’
    • ‘Seniors are receiving their acceptance letters; the hallways are a daily scene of impromptu celebrations and rounds of hugs.’
    • ‘Typically courteous, he began his acceptance speech by offering copious thanks to all and sundry.’
    • ‘If there is an 80% acceptance of the offer by GV shareholders, the takeover should be finalised by the end of September.’
    • ‘The company was also going after talent in rival services outfits, said Livermore, and was getting an 80% acceptance rate to offers it was making.’
    • ‘The deadline for acceptance of the offer is Thursday afternoon, but both sides have claimed they have the upper hand in a takeover battle which is becoming increasingly bitter.’
    • ‘The commentary was her acceptance speech upon receiving the American Psychological Society's William James Fellow Award.’
    • ‘Bowling for Columbine was already a success before it won the Oscar for best documentary, but the award - and Moore's controversial acceptance speech - gave the film an extra bounce.’
    • ‘The letter of intent was not a binding contract; it was not an offer capable of acceptance; nor did any event which followed the letter of intent constitute a binding contract between the parties.’
    • ‘Dick was quite moved, and in his acceptance speech he named all the people who had helped make his dream come true.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, their acceptance of those offers certainly did not mean, as Mr. Lister implied, that those parents no longer wanted a place at St. George's Prep.’
    • ‘The university arranged to interview me in Toronto at this seminar and after what I could only call a 10-minute informal chat, I was given an offer of acceptance then and there.’
    • ‘Attorney General John Ashcroft received an honorary doctorate from and delivered his acceptance speech at BJU in May 1999.’
    • ‘Brad had received his acceptance letter earlier that month.’
    • ‘You have a letter and you have the apparent acceptance of the offer made in the letter by the employees turning up.’
    • ‘I know people hate long acceptance speeches, especially from ‘nobodies.’’
    • ‘While the unions representing them have broadly welcomed the packages offered and advised acceptance, the workers believe it is simply not good enough.’
    • ‘A week before we were set to leave, Jake had received his acceptance letter to a baseball camp in New York.’
    • ‘Manchester United's acceptance of an offer from Barcelona will go down in history as the moment Beckham's career on the field hit skid row.’
    receipt, receiving, taking, obtaining, acquiring
    undertaking, taking on, assumption, tackling
    yes, affirmative reply, affirmation, confirmation, ratification
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    1. 1.1count noun A draft or bill of exchange that is accepted by being signed.
      ‘a banker's acceptance’
      • ‘Hatfield also devoted three and a half pages to the recording and valuation of book accounts, acceptances, and promissory notes.’
      • ‘The markets for bills of exchange and bankers' acceptances are simply too small to be of any use.’
      • ‘Other fixed-interest investments such as T-bills, bankers' acceptances and certificates of deposit are also popular.’
      • ‘In spite of this, incidences of fraud are still emerging in all business areas, including bills, bank acceptance, deposits and loans.’
      • ‘Taxable funds mainly invest in U.S. Treasury securities, government agency securities, repurchase agreements, CDs, commercial paper and bankers' acceptances.’
  • 2The process or fact of being received as adequate, valid, or suitable.

    ‘you must wait for acceptance into the village’
    • ‘These skills are crucial to developing social confidence and acceptance.’
    • ‘It's new and unusual to most folks, and there's definitely a process of acceptance to go through.’
    • ‘What the records do reveal, however, is the moral anxiety and attitudes towards sexuality, family and social acceptance in the British colonies during the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘In a pluralistic society religious, moral or cultural values put forward in a public governmental context cannot always be expected to meet with universal acceptance.’
    • ‘When Lina finds someone she likes, they have to go through an extremely vigorous process of acceptance before she agrees to go out with them, and so far no one has passed.’
    • ‘Receiving them was a mark of acceptance in a social group.’
    • ‘In some cases, though, you may fear the worst, only to be met with compassion and acceptance - not the ridicule and disdain you were anticipating.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a struggle of already free people for complete social acceptance and the sense of normalcy that follows thereof - a struggle for the eradication of the homosexual stigma.’
    • ‘Earning respect and acceptance from one's coworkers will likely result in enhanced satisfaction and a sense of fitting in with the organizational culture.’
    • ‘What may strike some as a naive grab for mainstream acceptance is in fact a stroke of genius.’
    • ‘This revenue-neutral property was believed essential for public acceptance, which in fact has been largely favourable.’
    • ‘New product acceptance is a process that takes anywhere from several months to many years, depending on the complexity of the necessary approval.’
    • ‘In one man is embodied the rise of black America from poverty and social exclusion to acceptance and eventual success on its own terms.’
    • ‘‘It is basically a stylised comic book film in the vein of Spider Man and Super Man which deals with issues of vengeance, redemption and social acceptance,’ he says.’
    • ‘All parents want happiness for their children, and social acceptance is a critical factor at any age.’
    • ‘Many other minority groups experienced the same process of acceptance through Major League baseball.’
    • ‘In the village, there has never been social acceptance of her after the incident.’
    • ‘In Cubao, the Samaritana Transformation Ministries group takes a different tack by offering women friendship and acceptance first and foremost.’
    • ‘A general social acceptance of plastic surgery has come about and it is leading people to think that because they look a bit tired they need an operation.’
    • ‘While few would question that a married couple and their dependent children form a family unit, others receive less uniform social acceptance.’
    welcome, welcoming, favourable reception, embracing, embrace, approval, adoption, integration
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  • 3Agreement with or belief in an idea or explanation.

    ‘acceptance of the teaching of the Church’
    • ‘If Sonntag is right, the average acceptance of these beliefs should be the same between groups of students from scientific versus humanistic studies.’
    • ‘His ideas only found wider acceptance 300 years after his death, when Confucianism was declared a state religion during the Han Dynasty.’
    • ‘Morgan seemed to consider what she said, and eventually he nodded in acceptance of her explanation, causing Milanehey to sigh in relief.’
    • ‘This kind of non-critical acceptance of a belief system is especially a feature of the three monotheistic religions.’
    • ‘These borders indicate the early acceptance of the idea of a frame as a way to set off, isolate and distinguish a drawing or painting.’
    • ‘Today, acceptance of ideas of supernatural causality is more common among women, while some men, particularly those with party or military backgrounds, reject such ideas.’
    • ‘However the cause of his suicide may have been wrongly attributed to the lack of acceptance of his ideas.’
    • ‘In our age, the term has become almost synonymous with an irrational acceptance of beliefs for which we lack evidence.’
    • ‘Underlying these explanations is an acceptance of the foundational ideas of the Antigonish Movement.’
    • ‘Some studies have focused on the influence of the academic background of participants on their acceptance of belief in paranormal phenomena.’
    • ‘Gitt, incredibly, replied that his ideas have wide acceptance among scientists.’
    • ‘Thus we make attributions of causal relatedness on the basis of prior acceptance of scientific explanations.’
    • ‘There are the same paradoxes with rejection of some Western ideas and acceptance of others.’
    • ‘‘Very good, that one,’ he reiterates his acceptance of my ideas.’
    • ‘His evidence in favor of such a shift is instructive of his thinking and acceptance of Darwinian ideas.’
    • ‘‘Due to the very favourable acceptance of the idea by the French people, the holiday is now celebrated all over the world,’ said Venkova.’
    • ‘This also permitted the unbiased acceptance of new ideas.’
    • ‘What this passage illustrates is not only the possibility, but the general acceptance, of the idea that language is separate from identity.’
    • ‘But on the North Shore, acceptance of the idea is slow in coming.’
    • ‘But these new ideas only gained acceptance when improved observational facilities allowed astronomers to begin making reliable estimates of the distances to and motions of galaxies.’
    credence, credence in, belief, belief in, trust, trust in, confidence, confidence in, faith, faith in, reliance, reliance on, dependence, dependence on, traction
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    1. 3.1 Willingness to tolerate a difficult situation.
      ‘a mood of resigned acceptance’
      • ‘This ethic of tolerant acceptance can also contribute to an inability to articulate a broader, normative vision of family life.’
      • ‘His acceptance of the situation had dissolved and his confusion heightened once again.’
      • ‘But, what was intended as an evening of educating the public seemed to result in a call for mobilisation rather than sedate acceptance of situation.’
      • ‘Eastern mystical philosophies such as Buddhism promote an attitude of acceptance of suffering and difficulties which are an inevitable part of life.’
      • ‘He had only gotten with her because she seemed to like him so much, and he was silly enough to believe all her promises of fidelity and acceptance of the situation as it was.’
      • ‘Spouses may reinforce acceptance or tolerance of negative events.’
      • ‘His resigned acceptance of the situations in which the plot places him is a masterpiece of understated comedy acting and very, very effective.’
      • ‘Affirm this Hindu wisdom regularly to cultivate patience and wise acceptance, even of situations that tend to arouse anger.’
      • ‘Community education may help change attitudes of tolerance to and acceptance of all forms of abuse in intimate relationships.’
      • ‘Instead, she underscores the importance of the players acceptance of difficult challenges in the name of promoting something they believe in.’
      • ‘Patients accustomed to inadequate care may become resentful or respond with passive acceptance of the situation often seeing it simply as a further burden of poverty and social alienation.’
      • ‘Parents, siblings, and extended family members hurt by past behavior sometimes found forgiveness and acceptance difficult.’
      • ‘It fostered would-be soldiers, shaped the psychological acceptance of the difficult and honorable job - the defense of one's Motherland.’
      • ‘Some patients need to be in denial about what's going on while others want someone to talk to about their fear of dying or their acceptance of the situation.’
      toleration, endurance, sufferance, forbearance
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

acceptance

/əkˈsɛpt(ə)ns/