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2Mechanics. The ratio of the resulting displacement to the exciting force in an oscillation or vibration. Frequently attributive Compare "compliance".
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in William Lithgow (1582–c1645), traveller. Probably partly from classical Latin recept-, present stem of receptāre reset + -ance, and partly from classical Latin recept-, past participial stem of recipere receive + -ance, after acceptance.
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