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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Acceptable, -abill, a. Also: acceptabile. [ME. acceptable (c 1340), OF. acceptable, L. acceptābilis.]

1. That will be readily accepted; pleasing.1456 Hay I. 68/3 (nocht acceptable na thankfull to his godhede). c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 18/9 (acceptabill to God; better and mar acceptable). 1549 Compl. 7/34 (acceptabil befor the goddis). 1588 King Cat. G vij b (acceptable to the redar).

2. Capable of receiving or accepting; hence, ready, willing.c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 18/7 (to be participale and acceptable of his passioun). a1578 Pitsc. II. 33/23 (gentillmen quhilk will be acceptabill to serue ȝour grace).

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