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English definition of “acceptable”


adjective    /ɪkˈsep·tə·bəl, æk-/
satisfactory ; good enough: An offer that is acceptable to the union leaders might still be voted down by the union members . If behavior is acceptable, it is considered to be within the range of behavior that is permitted and is not disapproved : In those days , it was not acceptable for men to wear shirts without ties .
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