acceptation


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ac·cep·ta·tion

 (ăk′sĕp-tā′shən)
n.
1. The usual or accepted meaning, as of a word or expression: In one of its acceptations value is a technical term in music.
2. Favorable reception; approval.

acceptation

(ˌæksɛpˈteɪʃən)
n
(Linguistics) the accepted meaning, as of a word, phrase, etc

ac•cep•ta•tion

(ˌæk sɛpˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the usual or accepted meaning of a word, phrase, etc.
2. favorable regard; approval.
3. belief; acceptance as valid or true.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acceptation - acceptance as true or validacceptation - acceptance as true or valid    
acceptance - the state of being acceptable and accepted; "torn jeans received no acceptance at the country club"
2.acceptation - the accepted meaning of a wordacceptation - the accepted meaning of a word  
signified, sense - the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted; "the dictionary gave several senses for the word"; "in the best sense charity is really a duty"; "the signifier is linked to the signified"
3.acceptation - the act of accepting with approvalacceptation - the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance"
embrace, bosom - a close affectionate and protective acceptance; "his willing embrace of new ideas"; "in the bosom of the family"
approval, approving, blessing - the formal act of approving; "he gave the project his blessing"; "his decision merited the approval of any sensible person"

acceptation

noun
That which is signified by a word or expression:
Translations

acceptation

[ˌæksepˈteɪʃən] Nacepción f

acceptation

n (old, form, of word) → Bedeutung f
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Because he had voluntarily relinquished a title that was distasteful to him, and a station that was distasteful to him, and had left his country--he submitted before the word emigrant in the present acceptation by the Tribunal was in use--to live by his own industry in England, rather than on the industry of the overladen people of France.
Not only had he put himself beyond the pale of human laws, but he had made himself independent of them, free in the strictest acceptation of the word, quite beyond their reach
It is enough to say, without applying this poetical rhapsody to Aouda, that she was a charming woman, in all the European acceptation of the phrase.
Dick Kennedy was a Scotchman, in the full acceptation of the word--open, resolute, and headstrong.
We are just beginning to discern that certain conceptions of our relations to our fellow-men, once formulated in generalities which met with a dramatic acceptation from the world, and were then rejected by it as mere rhetoric, have really a vital truth in them, and that if they have ever seemed false it was because of the false conditions in which we still live.
We are not even friends, in the ordinary acceptation of the word.
To say that Ralph loved or cared for--in the most ordinary acceptation of those terms--any one of God's creatures, would be the wildest fiction.
It is a maxim worthy of all acceptation that a man may have that allowance he takes.
And Stepan Arkadyevitch was not merely an honest man--unemphatically--in the common acceptation of the words, he was an honest man--emphatically--in that special sense which the word has in Moscow, when they talk of an "honest" politician, an "honest" writer, an "honest" newspaper, an "honest" institution, an "honest" tendency, meaning not simply that the man or the institution is not dishonest, but that they are capable on occasion of taking a line of their own in opposition to the authorities.
Not sea-sick, be it understood, in the ordinary acceptation of the term: I wish I had been: but in a form which I have never seen or heard described, though I have no doubt it is very common.
A house in Lant Street would not come within the denomination of a first-rate residence, in the strict acceptation of the term; but it is a most desirable spot nevertheless.
Pour ce faire, a-t-il ajoute, la culture, dans son acceptation la plus large, est un outil d'une grande efficacite pour rapprocher davantage les deux pays et a travers eux favoriser les relations de cooperation et d'amitie entre les deux rives de la Mediterranee.