Definition of acceptance in US English:

acceptance

noun

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

    ‘charges involving the acceptance of bribes’
    as modifier ‘an acceptance speech’
    ‘he had an acceptance from the magazine’
    • ‘Dick was quite moved, and in his acceptance speech he named all the people who had helped make his dream come true.’
    • ‘Brad had received his acceptance letter earlier that month.’
    • ‘The commentary was her acceptance speech upon receiving the American Psychological Society's William James Fellow Award.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If there is an 80% acceptance of the offer by GV shareholders, the takeover should be finalised by the end of September.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You have a letter and you have the apparent acceptance of the offer made in the letter by the employees turning up.’
    • ‘Seniors are receiving their acceptance letters; the hallways are a daily scene of impromptu celebrations and rounds of hugs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A week before we were set to leave, Jake had received his acceptance letter to a baseball camp in New York.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Attorney General John Ashcroft received an honorary doctorate from and delivered his acceptance speech at BJU in May 1999.’
    • ‘Typically courteous, he began his acceptance speech by offering copious thanks to all and sundry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    receipt, receiving, taking, obtaining, acquiring
    undertaking, taking on, assumption, tackling
    yes, affirmative reply, affirmation, confirmation, ratification
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    1. 1.1 A draft or bill that is accepted by being signed.
      • ‘In spite of this, incidences of fraud are still emerging in all business areas, including bills, bank acceptance, deposits and loans.’
      • ‘Hatfield also devoted three and a half pages to the recording and valuation of book accounts, acceptances, and promissory notes.’
      • ‘Taxable funds mainly invest in U.S. Treasury securities, government agency securities, repurchase agreements, CDs, commercial paper and bankers' acceptances.’
      • ‘Other fixed-interest investments such as T-bills, bankers' acceptances and certificates of deposit are also popular.’
      • ‘The markets for bills of exchange and bankers' acceptances are simply too small to be of any use.’
  • 2The action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into a group.

    ‘you must wait for acceptance into the club’
    • ‘Many other minority groups experienced the same process of acceptance through Major League baseball.’
    • ‘In one man is embodied the rise of black America from poverty and social exclusion to acceptance and eventual success on its own terms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘New product acceptance is a process that takes anywhere from several months to many years, depending on the complexity of the necessary approval.’
    • ‘It's new and unusual to most folks, and there's definitely a process of acceptance to go through.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What may strike some as a naive grab for mainstream acceptance is in fact a stroke of genius.’
    • ‘Earning respect and acceptance from one's coworkers will likely result in enhanced satisfaction and a sense of fitting in with the organizational culture.’
    • ‘All parents want happiness for their children, and social acceptance is a critical factor at any age.’
    • ‘These skills are crucial to developing social confidence and acceptance.’
    • ‘In Cubao, the Samaritana Transformation Ministries group takes a different tack by offering women friendship and acceptance first and foremost.’
    • ‘Receiving them was a mark of acceptance in a social group.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the village, there has never been social acceptance of her after the incident.’
    • ‘This revenue-neutral property was believed essential for public acceptance, which in fact has been largely favourable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While few would question that a married couple and their dependent children form a family unit, others receive less uniform social acceptance.’
    • ‘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.’
    welcome, welcoming, favourable reception, embracing, embrace, approval, adoption, integration
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  • 3Agreement with or belief in an idea, opinion, or explanation.

    ‘acceptance of the teaching of the Church’
    • ‘But on the North Shore, acceptance of the idea is slow in coming.’
    • ‘Some studies have focused on the influence of the academic background of participants on their acceptance of belief in paranormal phenomena.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gitt, incredibly, replied that his ideas have wide acceptance among scientists.’
    • ‘‘Due to the very favourable acceptance of the idea by the French people, the holiday is now celebrated all over the world,’ said Venkova.’
    • ‘His evidence in favor of such a shift is instructive of his thinking and acceptance of Darwinian ideas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus we make attributions of causal relatedness on the basis of prior acceptance of scientific explanations.’
    • ‘‘Very good, that one,’ he reiterates his acceptance of my ideas.’
    • ‘What this passage illustrates is not only the possibility, but the general acceptance, of the idea that language is separate from identity.’
    • ‘Underlying these explanations is an acceptance of the foundational ideas of the Antigonish Movement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In our age, the term has become almost synonymous with an irrational acceptance of beliefs for which we lack evidence.’
    • ‘This also permitted the unbiased acceptance of new ideas.’
    • ‘This kind of non-critical acceptance of a belief system is especially a feature of the three monotheistic religions.’
    • ‘Morgan seemed to consider what she said, and eventually he nodded in acceptance of her explanation, causing Milanehey to sigh in relief.’
    • ‘There are the same paradoxes with rejection of some Western ideas and acceptance of others.’
    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 or unpleasant situation.
      ‘a mood of resigned acceptance’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Spouses may reinforce acceptance or tolerance of negative events.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Community education may help change attitudes of tolerance to and acceptance of all forms of abuse in intimate relationships.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Parents, siblings, and extended family members hurt by past behavior sometimes found forgiveness and acceptance difficult.’
      • ‘Instead, she underscores the importance of the players acceptance of difficult challenges in the name of promoting something they believe in.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Eastern mystical philosophies such as Buddhism promote an attitude of acceptance of suffering and difficulties which are an inevitable part of life.’
      • ‘His resigned acceptance of the situations in which the plot places him is a masterpiece of understated comedy acting and very, very effective.’
      • ‘It fostered would-be soldiers, shaped the psychological acceptance of the difficult and honorable job - the defense of one's Motherland.’
      • ‘Affirm this Hindu wisdom regularly to cultivate patience and wise acceptance, even of situations that tend to arouse anger.’
      toleration, endurance, sufferance, forbearance
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

acceptance

/əkˈseptəns//əkˈsɛptəns/