the act of taking or receiving something offered.
favorable reception; approval; favor.
the act of assenting or believing:
acceptance of a theory.
the fact or state of being accepted or acceptable.
(def 1).

an engagement to pay an order, draft, or bill of exchange when it becomes due, as by the person on whom it is drawn.
an order, draft, etc., that a person or bank has as calling for payment and has thus promised to pay.

Contemporary Examples

His acceptance of her is, I think, true love and really romantic.
How Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt Navigated Anna’s Controversial Rape Arc Kevin Fallon August 13, 2014

acceptance rates at top schools have fallen to preposterously low levels.
The Great College Road Trip Nick Summers April 7, 2011

acceptance and liberation affect everyone—straight people, too.
Prop 8’s Aftermath: With Gay Rights, Religion Still Lags Sir Ari Gold February 7, 2012

But they were also vital to the opening up of gay identity, and its acceptance in mainstream American life.
20 Most-Anticipated Art Exhibits in 2014 Blake Gopnik December 29, 2013

He must have used the word “fight” 43 times in his acceptance speech.
Helen Fisher Decodes Obama’s Personality Type Jerry Adler February 3, 2009

Historical Examples

Her acceptance of him at that moment might be due in part to gratitude and relief.
Baseball Joe in the World Series Lester Chadwick

I was not insensible to the advantages of his proposal, and gladly assured him of my acceptance.
Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne

And the acceptance of such payment shall preclude the owner from further claim to said fugitive.
A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention Lucius Eugene Chittenden

An acceptance so direct left Clarence no alternative: his fate was decided.
Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth

With the acceptance of the tendency to monogamy we are not at the end of sexual morality, but only at the beginning.
Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6) Havelock Ellis

the act of accepting or the state of being accepted or acceptable
favourable reception; approval
(often foll by of) belief (in) or assent (to)

a formal agreement by a debtor to pay a draft, bill, etc
the document so accepted Compare bank acceptance

(pl) (Austral & NZ) a list of horses accepted as starters in a race
(contract law) words or conduct by which a person signifies his assent to the terms and conditions of an offer or agreement

1570s, from Middle French acceptance, from accepter (see accept). Earlier in same sense was acceptation (late 14c.).


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