acceptableness, adequacy, admissibility, appropriateness, fitness, permissibility, propriety, satisfactoriness, suitability
impropriety, inadequacy, inadmissibility, inappropriateness, unacceptability, unsatisfactoriness, unsuitability
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1 adj Acceptable activities and situations are those that most people approve of or consider to be normal., (Antonym: unacceptable)
It is becoming more acceptable for women to drink alcohol..., The air pollution exceeds most acceptable levels by 10 times or more.
acceptability n-uncount usu N of n
...an increase in the social acceptability of divorce.
The aim of discipline is to teach children to behave acceptably.
2 adj If something is acceptableto someone, they agree to consider it, use it, or allow it to happen.
oft ADJ to n (Antonym: unacceptable)
They have thrashed out a compromise formula acceptable to Moscow..., They recently failed to negotiate a mutually acceptable new contract.
3 adj 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...
acceptably adv ADV adj, ADV with v
...a method that provides an acceptably accurate solution to a problem...
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