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ac·cept·a·ble

acceptable

 
 
pronunciation:
k sep t bl
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part of speech: adjective
definition: good enough to be accepted or approved of.
My grades were acceptable to my parents.
synonyms:
respectable, satisfactory, worthy
antonyms:
unsatisfactory
similar words:
adequate, all right, decent, fair, ok
derivations: acceptably (adv.), acceptability (n.)
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The word acceptable contains the following parts:
ac- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ac- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before Latin roots beginning with hard or soft "c" or "q." See ad-.
cap1, cip, capt, cept, -ceive, -ceit Latin root that means to take, catch
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable, adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)