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1. Adequate to satisfy a need, requirement, or standard; satisfactory: an acceptable excuse; acceptable behavior. See Synonyms at sufficient.
2. Satisfactory but not superior; passable: The restaurant was acceptable but did not live up to its reputation. See Synonyms at average.

ac·cept′a·bil′i·ty, ac·cept′a·ble·ness n.
ac·cept′a·bly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acceptableness - satisfactoriness by virtue of conforming to approved standardsacceptableness - satisfactoriness by virtue of conforming to approved standards
satisfactoriness - the quality of giving satisfaction sufficient to meet a demand or requirement
admissibility - acceptability by virtue of being admissible
palatability, palatableness - acceptability to the mind or feelings; "the pursuit of electoral palatability"
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Professor Levenson also notes that while common criminal jury instructions contain applicable law and general instructions, the instructions are also intentionally vague and incorporate within them a community standard of acceptableness, Id.
However, the final verdict is clear: alternative education should be regarded with suspicion as a potential detriment to the "reasonable" common will; as such it must be subjected to intense scrutiny in which uniform public schools provide the measure of acceptableness. (23)