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Dictionary Definition

acceptance

Noun

1 the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true; "he gave credence to the gossip"; "acceptance of Newtonian mechanics was unquestioned for 200 years" [syn: credence]
2 the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance" [syn: adoption, acceptation, espousal]
3 the state of being acceptable and accepted; "torn jeans received no acceptance at the country club" [ant: rejection]
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 [syn: banker's acceptance]
6 a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations; "all people should practice toleration and live together in peace" [syn: toleration, sufferance]
7 the act of taking something that is offered; "her acceptance of the gift encouraged him"; "he anticipated their acceptance of his offer"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /əkˈsɛptəns/

Etymology

From accepter; see also accept

Noun

  1. The act of accepting; a receiving of something offered, with approbation, satisfaction, or acquiescence; especially, favorable reception; approval
    the acceptance of a gift, office, doctrine, etc.
    • Isaiah 60:7:
      They shall come up with acceptance on mine altar.
  2. State of being accepted.
    • Shakespeare: Rape of Lucrece:
      Makes it assured of acceptance.
  3. In the context of "commerce": 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. In the context of "commerce": The bill 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. An agreeing to the action of another, by some act which binds the person in law.
  7. In the context of "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. acceptation
  9. A list of horses accepted as starters in a race.

References

  • Webster 1913
  • Mozley and Whitely, Law Dictionary:
    What acts shall amount to such an acceptance is often a question of great nicety and difficulty.

Usage notes

  • In modern law, proposal and acceptance are the constituent elements into which all contracts are resolved.

Translations

receiving of something offered
  • German: Annahme
(commerce) An assent and engagement by the person on whom a bill of exchange is drawn
  • German: Akzeptanz
(commerce) The bill itself when accepted.
  • German: Vertrag
An agreeing to terms or proposals
  • German: Akzeptanz
(law) An agreeing to the action of another
  • German: Annahme
(US Government) The act of an authorized representative of the Government
(obsolete) acceptation
(Australia and New Zealand, plural) A list of horses accepted as starters in a race.

Extensive Definition

Acceptance, in spirituality, mindfulness, and human psychology, usually refers to the experience of a situation without an intention to change that situation. Indeed, acceptance is often suggested when a situation is both disliked and unchangeable, or when change may be possible only at great cost or risk. Acceptance may imply only a lack of outward, behavioral attempts at possible change, but the word is also used more specifically for a felt or hypothesized cognitive or emotional state. Thus someone may decide to take no action against a situation and yet be said to have not accepted it.
Acceptance is contrasted with resistance, but that term has strong political and psychoanalytic connotations not applicable in many contexts. By groups and by individuals, acceptance can be of various events and conditions in the world; individuals may also accept elements of their own thoughts, feelings, and personal histories. For example, psychotherapeutic treatment of a person with depression or anxiety could involve fostering acceptance either for whatever personal circumstances may give rise to those feelings or for the feelings themselves. (Psychotherapy could also involve lessening an individual's acceptance of various situations.)
Notions of acceptance are prominent in many faiths and meditation practices. For example, Buddhism's first noble truth, "Life is suffering", invites people to accept that suffering is a natural part of life.
Minority groups in society often describe their goal as "acceptance", wherein the majority will not challenge the minority's full participation in society. A majority may be said (at best) to "tolerate" minorities when it confines their participation to certain aspects of society.
acceptance in Danish: Accept (godkendelse)
acceptance in German: Akzeptanz
acceptance in Ido: Aceptago
acceptance in Dutch: Aanvaarding
acceptance in Portuguese: Resignação
acceptance in Chinese: 認命

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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