1) ADJ-GRADED Acceptable activities and situations are those that most people approve of or consider to be normal.

It is becoming more acceptable for women to drink...

The air pollution exceeds most acceptable levels by 10 times or more.

Derived words:
acceptability [[t]ækse̱ptəbɪ̱lɪti[/t]] N-UNCOUNT usu N of n

This assumption played a considerable part in increasing the social acceptability of divorce.

acceptably [[t]ækse̱ptəbli[/t]] ADV-GRADED

The aim of discipline is to teach children to behave acceptably.

2) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ to n If something is acceptable to someone, they agree to consider it, use it, or allow it to happen.

They have thrashed out a compromise formula acceptable to Moscow...

They recently failed to negotiate a mutually acceptable new contract...

3) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something as acceptable, you mean that it is good enough or fairly good.

On the far side of the street was a restaurant that looked acceptable...

We've made an acceptable start, but it could've been better.

Derived words:
acceptably ADV-GRADED ADV adj, ADV with v

...a method that provides an acceptably accurate solution to a problem...

These exercises will result in your being able to hit the ball quite acceptably.

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