Definition of acceptance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əkˈseptəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈseptəns//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the act of accepting a gift, an invitation, an offer, etc. Please confirm your acceptance of this offer in writing. He made a short acceptance speech/speech of acceptance. Invitations have been sent out and 80 acceptances have already been received.
  2. 2[uncountable] the act of agreeing with something and approving of it The new laws have gained widespread acceptance.
  3. 3[uncountable] the process of allowing somebody to join something or be a member of a group Your acceptance into the insurance plan is guaranteed. Social acceptance is important for most young people. See related entries: Social justice
  4. 4[uncountable] willingness to accept an unpleasant or difficult situation acceptance of death/suffering
  5. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Old French, from accepter, from Latin acceptare, frequentative of accipere ‘take something to oneself’, from ad- ‘to’ + capere ‘take’.Extra examples The group is now seeking formal acceptance. The idea was slow to gain general acceptance. Their attitude was condemned as blind acceptance of authority. These concepts have gained broad acceptance among scientists. society’s acceptance of homosexuality A new theory emerged that quickly gained wide acceptance. So far we have had one refusal and three acceptances. The Assembly voted against acceptance of constitutional reform. The aim was to secure recognition and acceptance of national boundaries by all member states. The government needed to win acceptance for its economic package. There is growing acceptance of the view that education is the basis for economic success.
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