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Definition of the noun acceptance

What does acceptance mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: acceptances

  1. the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true
    • example: acceptance of Newtonian mechanics was unquestioned for 200 years
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of acceptance: credence
    • more generic terms: attitude / mental attitude = a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
    • more specific words:
      • fatalism = a submissive mental attitude resulting from acceptance of the doctrine that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable
      • recognition = an acceptance (as of a claim) as true and valid
  2. the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
  3. the state of being acceptable and accepted
  4. (contract law) words signifying consent to the terms of an offer (thereby creating a contract)
  5. banking: a time draft drawn on and accepted by a bank
  6. a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations
  7. the act of taking something that is offered
    • examples: her acceptance of the gift encouraged him | he anticipated their acceptance of his offer
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: acquisition = the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something

Alternative definition of the noun acceptance


  1. The act of accepting; a receiving of something offered, with approbation, satisfaction, or acquiescence; especially, favorable reception; approval
  2. State of being accepted.
  3. [business, finance] An assent and engagement by the person on whom a bill of exchange is drawn, to pay it when due according to the terms of the acceptance.
  4. [business, finance] The bill of exchange itself when accepted.
  5. An agreeing to terms or proposals by which a bargain is concluded and the parties are bound; the reception or taking of a thing bought as that for which it was bought, or as that agreed to be delivered, or the taking possession as owner.
  6. [legal] An agreeing to the action of another, by some act which binds the person in law.
  7. [US Government] The act of an authorized representative of the Government by which the Government assents to ownership by it of existing and identified supplies, or approves specific services rendered, as partial or complete performance of a contract.
  8. [obsolete] acceptation
  9. [Australia, and, New Zealand, plural] A list of horses accepted as starters in a race.


Acceptance was an American alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1998. They released their first EP, Lost for Words, in 2000, followed by Black Lines to Battlefields in 2003. Their only album, Phantoms, was released in 2005.


  1. "Acceptance": Fife exudes an irresistable warmth and authenticity through his music- Colette Placek, The Daily Herald.Brian Fife and Band is a unique blend of past and present, piano songwriting and aggressive guitar, seriousness and crazy good fun, all wrapped up in a style we like to call retropianocore. Brian describes himself as a piano player that listened to way too much Alice Cooper as a 3 year old, a spiritual person who is not afraid to have a good time, and this comes through in high-energy fashion on the band's latest release, Acceptance. Lyrically, Brian is not afraid to plummet the depths of his personal and spiritual experiences, but often in a sideways manner, covering topics such as Brian's cat running away written from the cat's perspective, a mere mortal trying to convince a league of superheroes that they need him on their team, and a birthday party gone totally awry. The band's live show incorporates an eye-popping mix of sweaty rock and roll, introspective piano ballads, odd random stage props, and enthusiastic though ultimately very bad dancing. The band captured much of their live feel in the studio, recording all of the basic tracks as a unit, feeding off of each other's energy and having a great time all the while. Every track reveals a band that wears it's love of music and life on its sleeve.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  2. "Acceptance" is a musical album of Lloyd Thayer.
    • released in (4 years ago)
  3. "Acceptance" is a musical EP of Mecht Mensch.
    • released in (33 years ago)
  4. "Acceptance" is a musical album of Peter Bayreuther.


"Acceptance" is a 2014 novel by Jeff VanderMeer. It is the last in a series of three books called the Southern Reach Trilogy. It was released in the US on September 2, 2014. On March 15, 2014, Buzzfeed gave an exclusive first look at the cover to Acceptance along with an interview with Jeff VanderMeer.


"Acceptance" is a 2009 drama telefilm starring Mae Whitman and Joan Cusack. The movie was first aired on August 22, 2009 on Lifetime. This film is based on the critically acclaimed book Acceptance: A Novel by Susan Coll. The film was directed by Sanaa Hamri.

Phrases with Acceptance

  1. acceptance sampling
  2. self acceptance
  3. Self-acceptance
  4. trade acceptance
  5. banker's acceptance

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acceptance

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Google previewPaint, Oil and Chemical Review ... (1918)

The bank acceptance is the finest type of commercial paper we can create and we must create just as much of it as...

Google previewPaint, Oil and Drug Review (1918)

Our trade acceptance is an American institution, and it is called "trade" because □ on the face of it is written,

Google previewThe Psychology of the Person (2012)

by Neville Symington

Acceptance is a faculty in the personality that transcends the inner and outer stimuli. It transcends it and is immanent. It is a quality like volume that permeates the material entity and yet is not it so transcends it. Freud's theory as elaborated in ...

Google previewOvercoming Distressing Voices (2012)

by Mark Hayward, David Kingdon, Clara Strauss

Acceptance means learning to acceptthat this is how our minds work – accepting thatwe cannot control thethoughts that pop into our minds. Atthe sametime, acceptance also means learning that what our minds say–the negative thoughts ...

Google previewA law dictionary (1874)

by J. Bouvier

An express acceptance is an agreement in direct and express terms to pay a bill of exchange, either by the party on...

An absolute acceptance is a positive engagement to pay the bill according to its tenor, and is usually made by writing on the ...

Google previewJourney to Eternity (2010)

by Joree Williams

Acceptance is the last stage of grief; but do not be mislead by the word; acceptance does not mean that the pain is gone or that you will not grieve any...

Google previewConstruction Law and Practice (2012)

by Edward Banyard Smith

Acceptance is a matter of fact but usually the parties' intentions are clearly spelled out in minutes of delivery that set out the...

Google previewThe Worry Cure (2006)

Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You by Robert L. Leahy

Radical acceptance means that you are going to look at reality not the way you demand that it has to be but the way that it is. This is an...

Google previewThe Warrior Soul (2015)

Five Powerful Principles to Make You a Stronger Man of God by Jerry Boykin, Stu Weber

Acceptance is the engine that drives and sustains the friendship. Paul directed the church to accept one another just as Christ accepted them (Rom. 15:7). Christ's acceptance was a gracious response that was open-handed, open- hearted, ...

Google previewMindfulness For Dummies (2014)

by Shamash Alidina

Acceptance means perceiving your experience and simply acknowledging it rather than judging it as good or bad. You let go of the battle with your present- moment experience. For some people, the word 'acceptance' is off-putting–; replace it ...

Google previewBank Asset and Liability Management (2011)

Strategy, Trading, Analysis by Moorad Choudhry

A bankers acceptance is a written promise issued by a borrower to a bank to repay borrowed funds. The lending bank lends funds and in return accepts the bankers acceptance. The acceptance is negotiable and can be sold in the secondary ...

Google previewMindfulness in Plain English (2011)

20th Anniversary Edition by Henepola Gunaratana

But acceptance is the essence of mindfulness. If we want to grow in mindfulness, we must accept what mindfulness finds. It may be boredom, irritation, or fear. It may be weakness, inadequacy, or faults. Whatever it is, that is the way we are.

Google previewThe Law of Restitution in Nigeria (2012)

by Festus Emiri

Free acceptance is a defendant-oriented ground of restitution.

Google previewDictionary of Banking (1921)

A Concise Encyclopaedia of Banking Law and Practice by William Thomson, Lloyd Christian

An acceptance for honour is written across the bill as, “Accepted for the honour of John Brown, Thomas Jones," or, " Accepted supra protest, Thomas Jones,” or “ Accepted for the honour of John Brown with ,Q for notarial charges, Thomas ...

Google previewFiber Optics Standard Dictionary (2013)

by Martin H. Weik

As the incidence angle approaches half the acceptance cone apex angle, the optical power measured by a photodetector approaches zero. This condition defines the limit of the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Emotion (2010)

by Gretchen Reevy, Yvette Malamud Ozer, Yuri Ito

ACCEPTANCE 33 Further Reading: Ellis, A., & Harper, R.A. (1975). A guide to rational living. Chatsworth, CA: Wilshire. References: Arnkoff, D.B., & Glass, C.R. (1992). Cognitive therapy and psychotherapy integration. In D. Freedheim (Ed.), ...

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Small photo of Calvin Coolidge accepting the Presidential nomination of the Republican Party. Aug. 14, 1924. Nominated in the June 10-12, his formal acceptance was postponed from July 24 because of the death of hisSmall photo of Acceptance. More...

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Quotes about Acceptance

Stop trying to be my friend
I know you're a nice person
Nice people need acceptance
you're barking up the wrong tree
I don't need acceptance
I only need to be liked by me

By Sara Fielder © 2012 (Sara Fielder)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3E1P3T1A1N1C3E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 18 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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