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Acce'ptance. n.s. [acceptance, Fr.]

  1. Reception with approbation.

    By that acceptance of his sovereignty, they also accepted of his laws; why then should any other laws be now used amongst them? Spenser's State of Ireland.

    If he tells us his noble deeds, we must also tell him our noble acceptance of them. Shakespeare's Coriolanus

    Some men cannot be fools with so good acceptance as others. South's Sermons.

    Thus I imbolden'd spake, and freedom us'd
    Permissive, and acceptance found.
    Par. Lost, b. viii. l. 435.

  2. The meaning of a word as it is received or understood; acceptation.

    That pleasure is man's chiefest good, because indeed, it is the perception of good that is properly pleasure, is an assertion most certainly true, though, under the common acceptance of it, not only false but odious: for, according to this, pleasure and sensuality pass for terms equivalent; and therefore he, who takes it in this sense, alters the subject of the discourse. South.

Sources: Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Milton, John (449) · South, Robert (158) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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