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
References in classic literature ?
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.