Definition of unacceptable in English:



  • Not satisfactory or allowable:

    ‘unacceptable behaviour’
    • ‘In sport as in music, comfort in numbers is no excuse for unacceptable behaviour.’
    • ‘We cannot afford to have yet another undesirable and unacceptable image foisted upon our town.’
    • ‘We've made good progress in bearing down on the unacceptable behaviour of this minority.’
    • ‘He said the number of people unable to afford a home was rising to unacceptable levels.’
    • ‘Even if their claims are exaggerated, any loss of life is deplorable and unacceptable.’
    • ‘To disrupt and threaten such work by thuggish behaviour is totally unacceptable.’
    • ‘To do otherwise would involve an unacceptable level of censorship and harm to the public good.’
    • ‘This sort of behaviour is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated in the borough.’
    • ‘The world began to find the growing gap between the rich and poor unacceptable.’
    • ‘We need the light of the media to shine brightly on behaviour that is unacceptable.’
    • ‘The map will be colour coded to pinpoint areas where sound levels are unacceptable.’
    • ‘Sometimes it is obvious that one person's behaviour is unacceptable to the other.’
    • ‘This behaviour is dangerous, unacceptable and there is no reason to tolerate it.’
    • ‘It was totally unacceptable behaviour towards people who had given you long and loyal service.’
    • ‘Being able to stand up and say that domestic abuse is unacceptable is the first step in changing my behaviour.’
    • ‘A refusal to say that such behaviour is unacceptable is tantamount to saying it is acceptable.’
    • ‘It is therefore quite inappropriate and unacceptable for Mrs Hull to condemn this group.’
    • ‘Such violent behaviour is equally unacceptable and must be acknowledged and addressed.’
    • ‘That is not to ignore the handful of youngsters whose behaviour is unacceptable.’
    • ‘Reassure your child that you love them even when their behaviour has been unacceptable.’
    intolerable, insufferable, unsatisfactory, impermissible, inadmissible, inappropriate, unsuitable, undesirable, unreasonable, objectionable, insupportable
    offensive, obnoxious, disagreeable, disgraceful, deplorable, terrible, distasteful, displeasing, improper, unseemly, beyond the pale, bad, poor
    not on, a bit much, out of order, out, not quite the done thing, too much
    a bit thick, a bit off, off, not cricket
    over the fence
    exceptionable, condemnable
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