A key concept in twelve step recovery. From the A.A. "Big Book": "And acceptance is answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation - some fact of my life - as being unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be in this moment."

Ac*cept"ance (#), n.


The act of accepting; a receiving what is offered, with approbation, satisfaction, or acquiescence; esp., favorable reception; approval; as, the acceptance of a gift, office, doctrine, etc.

They shall come up with acceptance on mine altar. Isa. lx. 7.


State of being accepted; acceptableness.

"Makes it assured of acceptance."


3. Com. (a)

An assent and engagement by the person on whom a bill of exchange is drawn, to pay it when due according to the terms of the acceptance.


The bill itself when accepted.


An agreeing to terms or proposals by which a bargain is concluded and the parties are bound; the reception or taking of a thing bought as that for which it was bought, or as that agreed to be delivered, or the taking possession as owner.

5. Law

An agreeing to the action of another, by some act which binds the person in law.

⇒ What acts shall amount to such an acceptance is often a question of great nicety and difficulty. Mozley & W.

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⇒ In modern law, proposal and acceptance are the constituent elements into which all contracts are resolved.

Acceptance of a bill of exchange, check, draft, ∨ order, is an engagement to pay it according to the terms. This engagement is usually made by writing the word "accepted" across the face of the bill. Acceptance of goods, under the statute of frauds, is an intelligent acceptance by a party knowing the nature of the transaction.


Meaning; acceptation.


Acceptance of persons, partiality, favoritism. See under Accept.


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