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Acce'ptable. adj. [acceptable, Fr. from the Latin.] It is pronounced by some with the accent in the first syllable, as by Milton; by others, with the accent on the second.

  1. That which is likely to be accepted; grateful; pleasing. It is used with the particle to before the person accepting.

    This woman, whom thou mad'st to be my help,
    And gav'st me as thy perfect gift, so good,
    So fit, so acceptable, so divine,
    That from her hand I could expect no ill.
    Parad. Lost, b. ii.

    I do not see any other method left for men of that function to take, in order to reform the world, than by using all honest arts to make themselves acceptable to the laity. Swift's Proj. &c.

    After he had made a peace so acceptable to the church, and so honourable to himself, he spent the remainder of his life at Ripaille, and died with an extraordinary reputation of sanctity. Addison on Italy.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Milton, John (449) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · French (385) · Latin (690)

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