Noun Acceptation Definition and Examples







A particular sense or the generally recognized meaning (common acceptation) of a word or phrase.
  1. 'The powers that are conferred on the trustee, or manager, do not convert the unit trusts into discretionary trusts in the normal acceptation of that term.'
  2. 'If a traveler comes here from Ethiopia, from Australia, or from Great Britain,… he has a right to the protection of the laws, but he is not a citizen in the ordinary acceptation of the word.'
  3. 'The word ‘malice’ in that definition does not mean the word ‘malice’ in the common acceptation or parlance implies.'
  4. 'Nonspecialists may also be confused by Riegl's use of style concepts like Mannerism and Baroque and other technical terms in senses that differ somewhat from their customary present acceptations.'
((n.) Acceptance; reception; favorable reception or regard; state of being acceptable.|--|(n.) The meaning in which a word or expression is understood, or generally received; as, term is to be used according to its usual acceptation.|--|)


1. the usual or accepted meaning of a word, phrase, etc.

2. favorable regard; approval.

3. belief; acceptance as true or valid.


"crowns can be accepted."
"acceptations can be to wishes."
"phrases can be accepted."

Late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘favourable reception, approval’): from late Latin acceptatio(n-), from the verb acceptare (see accept). The current sense dates from the early 17th century.

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