One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an acceptable substitute for champagne’
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
informal OK, so-so, fair-to-middling
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2‘a most acceptable present’
pleasing, agreeable, delightful, desirable, satisfying, gratifying, to one's liking
unwelcome, unsuitable, undesirable
3‘the risk had seemed acceptable at the time’
bearable, tolerable, allowable, admissible, supportable, sustainable, justifiable, defensible, defendable
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