acceptable

Something that is acceptable is satisfactory or proper for whatever purpose it is considered; it may not be all that’s hoped for, but it's at least adequate. A grade of “A” is best, but is a grade of "C" acceptable? It depends on whom you ask.

The word acceptable means "able to accept," a word that comes from the Latin acceptare, which meant "to take willingly." Although the word acceptable suggests something that is fine, it sometimes suggests the least that would be sufficient, and can carry a somewhat negative connotation, as was the case when Franz Kafka wrote, "Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable."

Definitions of acceptable
  1. adjective
    worthy of acceptance or satisfactory
    acceptable levels of radiation”
    “performances varied from acceptable to excellent”
    Synonyms:
    bankable
    acceptable to or at a bank
    unexceptionable, unimpeachable
    completely acceptable; not open to exception or reproach
    unobjectionable
    not objectionable
    satisfactory
    giving satisfaction
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    Antonyms:
    unacceptable
    not acceptable; not welcome
    exceptionable, objectionable
    liable to objection or debate; used of something one might take exception to
    unsatisfactory
    not giving satisfaction
    unwelcome
    not welcome; not giving pleasure or received with pleasure
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  2. adjective
    judged to be in conformity with approved usage
    acceptable English usage”
    Synonyms:
    received, standard
    conforming to the established language usage of educated native speakers
  3. adjective
    adequate for the purpose
    “the water was acceptable for drinking”
    Synonyms:
    fit
    meeting adequate standards for a purpose
  4. adjective
    meeting requirements
    synonyms: satisfactory
    good
    having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
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