Definition of acceptable in English:



  • 1Able to be agreed on; suitable.

    ‘has tried to find a solution acceptable to everyone’
    • ‘A European Union spokesman said that the government must find ‘a solution which is acceptable to all parties in Zanzibar.’’
    • ‘Instead of finding solutions that are acceptable to both sides they impose a direction such that you're either with them or against them.’
    • ‘Union officials are hopeful that a solution will be found that is acceptable to the trustee by November 17, the latest deadline to be set by the High Court judge looking at the case.’
    • ‘He said: ‘We are continuing to work with CHARD to come up with a solution that's acceptable to all parties.’’
    • ‘They must be taken to know whether the undoubted interference with their property rights is acceptable to them or not.’
    • ‘The issue should be solved through dialogue, because this is the only way to reach a solution acceptable to all sides.’
    • ‘‘Surely we have rights,’ he said as he pinned his hopes on the six elected members for the area to find a solution that will be acceptable to everyone.’
    • ‘He was disappointed that the Company did not find a site that would have been suitable and acceptable to people in the area.’
    • ‘First, tell the child that you think there is a problem to be solved, and that you want to find a solution that's acceptable to both of you.’
    • ‘In my dealings I was attempting to find an solution that would be acceptable to both parties; this only broke down when I felt that they were not doing the same.’
    • ‘The truth is that negotiations with the manager and his agent, Liam Gaskin, were extremely cordial as they have always been, and we arrived at a solution acceptable to all parties in a very short time.’
    • ‘Then, taking one issue at a time, the parties review the ideas, modifying and combining them to achieve a practical solution acceptable to both.’
    • ‘Internationally agreed criteria, acceptable to all, need to be developed.’
    • ‘He said a solution had to be found that was acceptable to all parties involved, especially Dúchas, Kerry County Council and recreational users of Rossbeigh Spit.’
    • ‘But nor did the nineteenth century find a solution acceptable to both sides.’
    • ‘The Executive is now anxious to find a solution that would be acceptable to both fishermen and conservationists.’
    • ‘The mid-term aim was to come up with a marketable solution that would be acceptable to a greater number of customers, resulting in higher production volumes.’
    • ‘It's to National's discredit that they continue to play politics with the issue, rather than trying to work together to find a solution acceptable to all.’
    • ‘They carried out a series of very comprehensive consultations amongst themselves and they came up with a solution that was acceptable to them.’
    • ‘Finding a solution acceptable to all is likely to prove tricky.’
    suitable, appropriate, fitting, fit, correct, proper, desirable, preferable, ideal
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    1. 1.1Adequate; satisfactory.
      ‘an acceptable substitute for champagne’
      • ‘She sank onto the camp bed, pleased to find the mattress in acceptable condition.’
      • ‘Much of the trade sought to replace imports with local substitutes of acceptable quality but lower cost.’
      • ‘I'd think a postcard from the next city would be an acceptable substitute for a formal thank you note.’
      • ‘Instead Wednesday and Thursday saw moderate but acceptable gains, indicating that the bad news has been discounted.’
      • ‘I don't think money is an acceptable substitute.’
      • ‘Then, too, he is an acceptable moderator to the candidates because he's firmly predictable.’
      • ‘You could use ground dried ginger instead of ginger root in the following recipe, but it is not really an acceptable substitute.’
      • ‘I don't smoke, however, so I'm hoping nibbling on expensive dark chocolates will be an acceptable substitute.’
      • ‘But woe betide Town Council officialdom if there is another broken promise in respect of putting this bandstand into a decent and acceptable state of repair.’
      • ‘The search for an acceptable substitute was already well underway by 1905.’
      • ‘There was, they believed, simply no acceptable substitute for silk.’
      • ‘I could squeeze my own lemons, but Jif make a perfectly acceptable substitute.’
      • ‘Shop-bought sandwiches are acceptable.’
      • ‘Now, that is perfectly conventional and acceptable reasoning, and that determines this case.’
      • ‘Aristocratic charm is not an acceptable substitute for morals.’
      • ‘No, the only acceptable reason to stay home is the kids.’
      • ‘I found their arguments reasonable and a moderately acceptable update on the original book.’
      • ‘It can look a little gauche to blog about some seemingly random scrap of nostalgia, but if I link those memories to an anniversary then suddenly my blogpost has an acceptable reason to exist.’
      • ‘Then, if the paper money remains an acceptable substitute for the metallic money, no significant burden falls on the public.’
      • ‘Finally, when you start discussing that the people at the next table arrived after you and are now happily tucking into their food, the window of acceptable time from order to table firmly closes.’
      satisfactory, adequate, reasonable, quite good, fair, decent, good enough, sufficient, sufficiently good, fine, in order, up to scratch, up to the mark, up to standard, up to par, competent, not bad, all right, average, tolerable, passable, middling, moderate
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    2. 1.2Pleasing; welcome.
      ‘some coffee would be most acceptable’
      • ‘The Velodrome, Arunga Park, Pioneer Park and the Golf Course are all venues that are rated as being up with the best in the land, and most acceptable for elite competition.’
      • ‘Mind you, that was back when a pack of three new handkerchiefs was a highly acceptable and very welcome gift for Christmas.’
      • ‘Otherwise, this is a very acceptable print that should please all 248 gazillion fans.’
      • ‘Tobacco and snuff were convenient and acceptable items, and more luxurious fare was provided when possible.’
      welcome, appreciated
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  • 2Able to be tolerated or allowed.

    ‘pollution in the city had reached four times the acceptable level’
    • ‘The problems stemmed from different standards of privacy and acceptable noise levels.’
    • ‘The report makes a number of recommendations to ‘bring standards of safety and quality to acceptable levels for the twenty-first century.’’
    • ‘If nothing else, the fact that some men assault women lowers our standards for acceptable behavior.’
    • ‘Try to replace swear words with acceptable substitutes.’
    • ‘Maybe the electorate believes that these acts of deception are acceptable standards of behaviour in today's society?’
    • ‘You are quite satisfied that that is acceptable?’
    • ‘Earlier this year, Ofsted said many schools were being held back by low-level disruption and revealed that only one in three secondary schools had acceptable standards of behaviour.’
    • ‘They argue that governments, parents, and other social institutions should use force to maintain standards of acceptable behavior.’
    • ‘If he hadn't made such a fuss about acceptable standards of behaviour, his fall from grace might not have been so swift and calamitous.’
    • ‘They have been asked to submit a technical proposal outlining specific building or insulation plans to contain the noise levels to an acceptable standard within an appropriate timescale.’
    • ‘Is it appropriate and acceptable to come to this House dressed like that?’
    • ‘Codes of conduct lay down acceptable standards of behaviour.’
    • ‘They are standards that provide a basis for consistent and acceptable minimal levels of quality, performance, safety, and reliability.’
    • ‘If their behaviour falls below acceptable standards they will be prosecuted.’
    • ‘That was twenty years ago and I am sure that times have changed and it would no longer be allowed or acceptable.’
    • ‘We all talked about how washing the hair allows nurses to provide acceptable touching and that massaging the head can be relaxing.’
    • ‘Important issues emerged regarding the influence of peer pressure and acceptable standards of behaviour among young people in relation to risk-taking behaviours.’
    • ‘We also know that the Dunedin City Council is budgeting $30 million, over the next 2 years, to get its water standards up to an acceptable level.’
    • ‘The tests showed the levels were within the acceptable standards for the EU and New Zealand.’
    • ‘Scotland's crumbling road network urgently needs maintenance worth £1bn just to bring highways up to an acceptable standard, a new report reveals.’
    bearable, tolerable, allowable, admissible, supportable, sustainable, justifiable, defensible, defendable
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Late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin acceptabilis, from acceptare (see accept).