ac·cep·tance /ɪkˈsɛptən(t)s, æk-/
1. The act of accepting; a receiving what is offered, with approbation, satisfaction, or acquiescence; esp., favorable reception; approval; as, the acceptance of a gift, office, doctrine, etc.
They shall come up with acceptance on mine altar. --Isa. lx. 7.
2. State of being accepted; acceptableness. “Makes it assured of acceptance.”
3. Com. (a) An assent and engagement by the person on whom a bill of exchange is drawn, to pay it when due according to the terms of the acceptance. (b) The bill itself when accepted.
4. An agreeing to terms or proposals by which a bargain is concluded and the parties are bound; the reception or taking of a thing bought as that for which it was bought, or as that agreed to be delivered, or the taking possession as owner.
5. Law An agreeing to the action of another, by some act which binds the person in law.
Note: ☞ What acts shall amount to such an acceptance is often a question of great nicety and difficulty.
Note: ☞ In modern law, proposal and acceptance are the constituent elements into which all contracts are resolved.
acceptance of a bill of exchange, acceptance of a check, acceptance of a draft, or acceptance of an order, is an engagement to pay it according to the terms. This engagement is usually made by writing the word “accepted” across the face of the bill. Acceptance of goods, under the statute of frauds, is an intelligent acceptance by a party knowing the nature of the transaction.
6. Meaning; acceptation. [Obs.]
Acceptance of persons, partiality, favoritism. See under Accept.
n 1: the mental attitude that something is believable and should
be accepted as true; "he gave credence to the gossip";
"acceptance of Newtonian mechanics was unquestioned for
200 years" [syn: credence]
2: the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception;
"its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide
acceptance" [syn: adoption, acceptation, espousal]
3: the state of being acceptable and accepted; "torn jeans
received no acceptance at the country club" [ant: rejection]
4: (contract law) words signifying consent to the terms of an
offer (thereby creating a contract)
5: banking: a time draft drawn on and accepted by a bank [syn:
6: a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations;
"all people should practice toleration and live together
in peace" [syn: toleration, sufferance]
7: the act of taking something that is offered; "her acceptance
of the gift encouraged him"; "he anticipated their
acceptance of his offer"