Acceptance is taking something given to you. You might be relieved by your friend's acceptance of your apology for accidentally riding your bike over his foot.

An acceptance of someone or something is also an indication that you approve of or believe in it (or them). If you dye your hair green and wear a suit made of bear fur, gaining your grandmother’s acceptance may prove difficult if she's a conservative dresser and an animal lover. In legal terms acceptance is language signifying consent to the terms of an offer, leading to the creation of a contract.

Definitions of acceptance
  1. noun
    the state of being acceptable and accepted
    “torn jeans received no acceptance at the country club”
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    the state of being rejected
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    a current state of general acceptance and use
    acknowledgement, acknowledgment, recognition
    the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged
    approval, favorable reception, favourable reception
    acceptance as satisfactory
    acceptance as true or valid
    content, contentedness
    the state of being contented with your situation in life
    acceptance without protest
    the state of being welcome
    an informal British abbreviation of approval
    type of:
    situation, state of affairs
    the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time
  2. noun
    the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
    “the proposal found wide acceptance
    synonyms: acceptation, adoption, espousal
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    bosom, embrace
    a close affectionate and protective acceptance
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    approval, approving, blessing
    the formal act of approving
  3. noun
    a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations
    synonyms: sufferance, toleration
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    self acceptance
    an acceptance of yourself as you are, warts and all
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    permissiveness, tolerance
    a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior
  4. noun
    the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true
    acceptance of Newtonian mechanics was unquestioned for 200 years”
    synonyms: credence
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    a submissive mental attitude resulting from acceptance of the doctrine that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable
    an acceptance (as of a claim) as true and valid
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    attitude, mental attitude
    a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
  5. noun
    the act of taking something that is offered
    “her acceptance of the gift encouraged him”
    “he anticipated their acceptance of his offer”
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    the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
  6. noun
    (contract law) words signifying consent to the terms of an offer (thereby creating a contract)
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    acquiescence, assent
    agreement with a statement or proposal to do something
  7. noun
    banking: a time draft drawn on and accepted by a bank
    synonyms: banker's acceptance
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    bill of exchange, draft, order of payment
    a document ordering the payment of money; drawn by one person or bank on another
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