[ noun ] 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"
Used in print(Harold Rosenberg, "The Trial and Eichmann"...)
Not through fear of disobeying orders , as Eichmann kept trying to explain , but through a peculiar giddiness that began in a half acceptance of the vicious absurdities contained in the Nazi interpretation of history and grew with each of Hitler 's victories into a permanent light_mindedness and sense of magical rightness that was able to respond to any proposal , and the more outrageous the better , `` Well , let 's try it '' .(Arlin Turner, "William Faulkner, Southern Novelist"...)
The myth of the Southern plantation has had only a tangential relation with actuality , as Francis_Pendleton_Gaines showed forty years ago , and I suspect it has had a far narrower acceptance as something real than has generally been supposed .(Raymond J. Corsini et al., Roleplaying in Business...)
The necessary step between diagnosis and training is acceptance of the validity of the criticisms .(H. A. Gleason, "Review of African language studies...)
There has been a tendency on the part of many American linguists to assume that a phonemic transcription will automatically be the best possible orthography and that the only real problem will then be the social one of securing acceptance .
[ noun ] the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
"its adoption by society" "the proposal found wide acceptance"
Used in print(H. A. Gleason, "Review of African language studies...)
His orthographic recommendations are no simplistic acceptance of phonemics on_the_one_hand or of superficiality on the other .
[ noun ] (contract law) words signifying consent to the terms of an offer (thereby creating a contract)
Used in print(Morton A. Kaplan and Nicholas de B. Katzenbach,...)
They must do something with the acquiescence of the latter , or some of them , which amounts to an acceptance of the law in its entirety beyond all possibility of misconstruction '' .
[ noun ] the state of being acceptable and accepted
"torn jeans received no acceptance at the country club"
Used in print(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)
As an isolated policy , land_reform is likely to be politically disruptive ; as part of a larger development effort , however , it may gain wide acceptance .