Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an acceptable manner; in a manner to please or give satisfaction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In an acceptable manner; in a manner to please or give satisfaction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In an acceptable manner; in a manner to please or give satisfaction.
  • adverb To an acceptable degree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in an acceptable (but not outstanding) manner

Etymologies

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acceptable +‎ -ly

Examples

  • “Configurations of Feminine Reform: The Woman Writer and the Tradition of Dissent” (1994), Marlon Ross argues that for Romantic women writers the act of writing, and furthermore of writing on behalf of liberal reform initiatives, constituted a “double dissension” that could be mitigated by generic manipulation of two sorts: either disguise women's political speech in acceptably feminine modes like the conduct manual or feminize conventional political modes (94).

    Notes on 'The Ruins of Empire: Nationalism, Art, and Empire in Hemans's Modern Greece'

  • Then we read and hear the word acceptably and profitably when we do according to what is written therein, when what appears to be our duty is revived after it has been neglected.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume II (Joshua to Esther)

  • A few slipped in to be called acceptably midwestern, small town American.

    "Once you went to a spa when you felt tense. Now you feel tense going to a spa."

  • Quite often orgiastic too, not to mention 'acceptably' (so some would have it) depraved.

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • Mutering "acceptably" in the corner like a Church of England Archbishop about Jesus is not going to convert or convince anyone.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • Audio and video, says Zinevich, are "acceptably" in sync.

    Eyeball To Eyeball, At A Distance

  • Sherwood's marriage, nor did he go into full particulars as to the personality of Mrs. Frank Armour; but he did say that, because he knew they were anxious that he should marry "acceptably," he had married into the aristocracy, the oldest aristocracy of America; and because he also knew they wished him to marry wealth, he sent them a wife rich in virtues -- native, unspoiled virtues.

    The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker

  • Sherwood's marriage, nor did he go into full particulars as to the personality of Mrs. Frank Armour; but he did say that, because he knew they were anxious that he should marry "acceptably," he had married into the aristocracy, the oldest aristocracy of America; and because he also knew they wished him to marry wealth, he sent them a wife rich in virtues -- native, unspoiled virtues.

    The Translation of a Savage, Volume 1

  • Miss Julia Sherwood's marriage, nor did he go into full particulars as to the personality of Mrs. Frank Armour; but he did say that, because he knew they were anxious that he should marry "acceptably," he had married into the aristocracy, the oldest aristocracy of America; and because he also knew they wished him to marry wealth, he sent them a wife rich in virtues -- native, unspoiled virtues.

    The Translation of a Savage, Complete

  • I say "acceptably" because while you can navigate to and play music files on a phone with SugarSync, the client software doesn't yet provide the full experience of a dedicated music player like MP3Tunes - album art doesn't show and there's no way to shuffle through various tracks.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Web 2.0

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