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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unacceptable mean? 

UNACCEPTABLE (adjective)
  The adjective UNACCEPTABLE has 4 senses:

1. not adequate to give satisfaction
2. not acceptable; not welcome
3. used of persons or their behavior
4. not conforming to standard usage

  Familiarity information: UNACCEPTABLE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

UNACCEPTABLE (adjective)

Sense 1unacceptable [BACK TO TOP]


Not adequate to give satisfaction

Context example:

the coach told his players that defeat was unacceptable


unsatisfactory (not giving satisfaction)

Sense 2unacceptable [BACK TO TOP]


Not acceptable; not welcome

Context examples:

a word unacceptable in polite society / an unacceptable violation of personal freedom


exceptionable; objectionable (liable to objection or debate; used of something one might take exception to)


unsatisfactory (not giving satisfaction)

unwelcome (not welcome; not giving pleasure or received with pleasure)


acceptable (worthy of acceptance or satisfactory)

Sense 3unacceptable [BACK TO TOP]


Used of persons or their behavior


insufferable; unsufferable; impossible; unacceptable

Context examples:

impossible behavior / insufferable insolence


intolerable; unbearable; unendurable (incapable of being put up with)

Sense 4unacceptable [BACK TO TOP]


Not conforming to standard usage


unaccepted; unacceptable

Context example:

the following use of 'access' was judged unacceptable by a panel of linguists; 'You can access your cash at any of 300 automatic tellers'


nonstandard (not conforming to the language usage of a prestige group within a community)

Domain category:

linguistics (the scientific study of language)

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