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  • IPA: /əkˈsɛptəns/


From Old French accepter; see also accept




acceptance ({{{1}}})
  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. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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. (law) An agreeing to the action of another, by some act which binds the person in law.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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 Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A list of horses accepted as starters in a race.


  • Webster 1913
  • (legal, An agreeing to the action of another, by some act which binds the person in law): Mozley and Whitely, Law Dictionary:
    What acts shall amount to such an acceptance is often a question of great nicety and difficulty.

Usage notes

  • (legal, An agreeing to the action of another, by some act which binds the person in law): In modern law, proposal and acceptance are the constituent elements into which all contracts are resolved.

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