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adjective acceptable pronunciation in British English /əkˈseptəb(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    considered by most people to be reasonable or to be something that can be allowed
    socially/politically/morally acceptable:

    Pollution on this level is no longer socially acceptable.

    acceptable to:

    The proposals must be acceptable to the shareholders.

    acceptable for someone to do something:

    By the 1960s, it was becoming more acceptable for women to work in management.

  2. 2
    good enough for a particular purpose or situation

    A success rate of 65% is acceptable.

    1. a.
      good enough but not very good

      The service was attentive, the food acceptable but somewhat uninspiring.

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 acceptable pronunciation in British English /əkˌseptəˈbɪləti/ noun [uncountable]

sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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