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Accepta'tion. n.s. [from accept.]

  1. Reception, whether good or bad. This large sense seems now wholly out of use.

    Yet, poor soul! knows he no other, but that I do suspect, neglect, yea, and detest him? For, every day, he finds one way or other to set forth himself unto me; but all are rewarded with like coldness of acceptation. Sidney, b. ii.

    What is new finds better acceptation, that what is good or great. Denham's Sophy.

  2. Good reception, acceptance.

    Cain, envious of the acceptation of his brother's prayer and sacrifice, slew him; making himself the first manslayer, and his brother the first martyr. Raleigh's History of the World, b. i.

  3. The state of being acceptable, regard.

    Some things, although not so required of necessity, that, to leave them undone, excludeth from salvation, are, notwithstanding, of so great dignity and acceptation with God, that most ample reward in heaven is laid up for them. Hooker, b. ii.

    They have those enjoyments only as the consequences of the state of esteem and acceptation they are in with their parents and governours. Locke on Education, § 53.

  4. Acceptance in the juridical sense. This sense occurs rarely.

    As, in order to the passing away a thing by gift, there is required a surrender of all right on his part that gives; so there is required also an acceptation on his part to whom it is given. South's Sermons.

  5. The meaning of a word, as it is commonly received.

    Thereupon the earl of Lauderdale made a discourse upon the several questions, and what acceptation these words and expressions had. Clarendon, b. viii.

    All matter is either fluid or solid, in a large acceptation of the words, that they may comprehend even all the middle degrees between extreme fixedness and coherency, and the most rapid intestine motion of the particles of bodies. Bentl. Serm.

Sources: Bentley, Richard (57) · Clarendon, Edward (73) · Denham, John (75) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Locke, John (269) · Raleigh, Walter (68) · Sidney, Philip (140) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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