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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: worthy of approval; satisfactory.
My salary raise was quite acceptable to me.If the proposal is acceptable to everyone, we should move ahead quickly.
respectable, satisfactory, worthy
unacceptable, unsatisfactory
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adequate, all right, cool, creditable, decent, fair, fine, ok, tidy
definition 2: meeting particular standards or requirements.
Food temperatures were found to be within acceptable limits.
admissible, right
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correct, satisfactory
definition 3: reaching only a minimum level of adequacy; barely satisfactory; tolerable.
Your essay was acceptable, but you can do much better.
adequate, all right, competent, fair, middling, passable, satisfactory
inadequate, unacceptable
similar words:
admissible, indifferent, mediocre, minimal, ok, so-so
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)acceptable broadly, constitutionally, culturally, environmentally, equally, ethically, generally, legally, marginally, minimally, morally, mutually, perfectly, politically, scientifically, socially, statistically, universally, widely
(adj.)acceptable + noun alpha, alternative, behavior, bound, coefficient, compromise, conduct, consistency, coupler, criteria, definition, discourse, excuse, explanation, fit, level, lifestyle, limit, manner, means, method, minimum, norm, option, outlet, parameter, range, reliability, replacement, risk, socket, solution, standard, substitute, threshold, trade-off, validity, workplace [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: acceptably (adv.), acceptability (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word acceptable contains the following parts:
ac- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ac- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before Latin roots beginning with hard or soft "c" or "q." See ad-.
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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acceptable, accessible, admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable