Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The usual or accepted meaning, as of a word or expression. See Synonyms at meaning.
  • n. Favorable reception; approval.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Acceptance; reception; favorable reception or regard; the state of being acceptable.
  • n. The meaning in which a word or expression is understood, or generally received.
  • n. Ready belief.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Acceptance; reception; favorable reception or regard; state of being acceptable.
  • n. The meaning in which a word or expression is understood, or generally received.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of accepting or receiving; reception; acceptance: as, the acceptation of a trust.
  • n. The state of being accepted or acceptable; favorable regard; hence, credence; belief.
  • n. The meaning or sense in which a word or statement is taken or understood: as, this term is to be understood in its usual acceptation.
  • n. Synonyms Acceptance, Acceptancy, Acceptation. These words have been used interchangeably, but there is a marked tendency to use acceptance for the act of accepting, and acceptation for the state of being accepted, acceptancy having become rare, or being restricted to poetic use.

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

  • n. acceptance as true or valid
  • n. the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
  • n. the accepted meaning of a word

Etymologies

accept +‎ -ation (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “baptism” here in its authorized acceptation, which is the immersion of the body of a believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, by a properly authorized administrator of the ordinance.

    Life and Labors of Elder John Kline the Martyr Missionary

  • "baptism" here in its authorized acceptation, which is the immersion of the body of a believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, by a properly authorized administrator of the ordinance.

    Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary Collated from his Diary by Benjamin Funk

  • But I say that, after it has been impressed and inculcated on the minds of hearers or readers that the apostle is treating about a regenerate man in Romans 7, it is not in our power to hinder such persons from understanding the rest of those things which are attributed to this man in a different manner from that in which they ought to be understood, that is, from receiving them in an acceptation which is not agreeable to the text and design of the apostle, and as they are not received when they are explained as relating to a man who is under sin, and under the law, especially when the inclination is a persuasive to such an interpretation, and when the concupiscence of the flesh gives a similar impulse.

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 2

  • The decree of January 21 quotes the letter dated December 15, 2008 to Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos in which I expressed our attachment “to the Church of Our Lord Jesus-Christ which is the Catholic Church,” re-affirming there our acceptation of its two thousand year old teaching and our faith in the Primacy of Peter.

    Response of SSPX Superior General to the Lifting of the Excommunications

  • Well, in this case I feel comfortable speaking on behalf of the secretary and will make an acceptation.

    In Memorium: Peter Graves

  • When a Mahometan has killed a certain number of infidels, he is sure of Paradise, no matter what his sins may be��the ordinary Musselman takes the precept in broader acceptation, and counts women and children as well.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • (If democracy in any acceptation of the term was a precondition then the US-installed despot and megalomaniac Mikheil Saakashvili and the hereditary president-for-life dynasty of the Aliev family would disqualify Georgia and Azerbaijan, respectively.)

    Eastern Partnership: West's Final Assault On Former Soviet Union

  • On the face of it the statements made in the beginning were clear enough: their closely-argued variations, though complex, could certainly be followed with full acceptation, and they were not particularly hard to play; yet at one point, after a curiously insistent repetition of the second theme, the rhythm changed and with it the whole logic of the discourse.

    Did You Know Bach Had a Father?

  • In its widest acceptation, concupiscence is any yearning of the soul for good; in its strict and specific acceptation, a desire of the lower appetite contrary to reason.

    The Purity of Mary

  • They are all sexual preferences who throughout the centuries and cultures have had different levels of acceptation.

    Author John C. Wright goes off on an anti-homosexual rant

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