Dictionary: AC-CEPT' – AC'CESS-O-RY

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AC-CEPT', v.t. [L. accepto, from accipio, ad and capio, to take; Fr. accepter; Sp. aceptar; Port. aceiter; It. accettare; See L. capio. Class Gb.]

  1. To take or receive what is offered, with a consenting mind; to receive with approbation or favor; as, he made an offer which was accepted. Bless, Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands. Deut. xxxiii. Observe the difference between receive and accept. He received an appointment or the offer of a commission, but he did not accept it.
  2. To regard with partiality; to value or esteem. It is not good to accept the person of the wicked. Prov. xviii. 2 Cor. viii. In theology, acceptance with God implies forgiveness of sins and reception into his favor.
  3. To consent or agree to; to receive as terms of a contract; as, to accept a treaty; – often followed by of; as, accept of the terms.
  4. To understand; to have a particular idea of; to receive in a particular sense; as, how is this phrase to be accepted?
  5. In commerce, to agree or promise to pay; as, a bill of exchange. [See Acceptance.]


  1. That may be received with pleasure; hence, pleasing to a receiver; gratifying; as, an acceptable present.
  2. Agreeable or pleasing in person; as, a man makes himself acceptable by his services or civilities.


The quality of being agreeable to a receiver, or to a permit with whom one has intercourse. [The latter word is little used, or not at all.]


In a manner to please, or give satisfaction. Let us have grace whereby we may serve God acceptably. Heb. xii.


  1. A receiving with approbation or satisfaction; favorable reception; as, work done to acceptance. They shall come up with acceptance on my altar. – Isa. lx.
  2. The receiving of a bill of exchange or order, in such a manner as to bind the accepter to make payment. This must be by express words; and to charge the drawer with costs, in case of non-payment, the acceptance must be in writing, under, across, or on the back of the bill. – Blackstone.
  3. An agreeing to terms or proposals in commerce, by which a bargain is concluded and the parties bound.
  4. An agreeing to the act or contract of another, by some act which binds the person in law; as, a bishop's taking that reserved on a lease made by his predecessor, is an acceptance of the terms of the lease, and binds the party. – Law.
  5. In mercantile language, a bill of exchange accepted; as, a merchant receives another's acceptance in payment.
  6. Formerly, the sense in which a word is understood. [Obs.] See Acceptation.


  1. Kind reception; a receiving, with favor or approbation. This is a saying worthy of all acceptation. 1 Tim. i.
  2. A state of being acceptable; favorable regard. Some things are of great dignity and acceptation with God. – Hooker. But in this sense acceptableness is more generally used.
  3. The meaning or sense in which a word or expression is understood, or generally received; as, term is to be used according to its usual acceptation.
  4. Reception in general. [Obs.]


Kindly received; regarded; agreed to; understood; received as a bill of exchange.


A person who accepts; the person who receives a bill of exchange so as to bind himself to pay it. [See Acceptance.]

AC-CEP-TIL-A'TION, n. [from L.]

Remission of a debt by an acquittance from the creditor, without receiving, the money. [Not used.] – Cotgrave.


Receiving favorably; agreeing to; understanding.


The received sense of a word. [Not now used.] Hammond.


Ready to accept. [Not used.] – B. Jonson.

AC-CESS', n. [L. accessus, from accedo. See Accede. Fr. accès.]

  1. A coming to; near approach; admittance; admission; as, to gain access to a prince.
  2. Approach, or the way by which a thing may be approached; as the access is by a neck of land. – Bacon.
  3. Means of approach; liberty to approach; implying previous obstacles. By whom also we have access by faith. – Rom. v.
  4. Admission to sexual intercourse. During coverture, access of the husband shall be presumed, unless the contrary be shown. – Blackstone.
  5. Addition; increase by something added; as, an access of territory; but in this sense accession is more generally used.
  6. The return of a fit or paroxysm of disease, or fever. In this sense accession is generally used.



AC'CESS-A-RY, a. [or n. See ACCESSORY.]


The quality of being approachable or of admitting access. – Langhorne.


  1. That may be approached or reached approachable; applied to things; as, an accessible town a mountain.
  2. Easy of approach; affable; used of persons.


So as to be accessible.

AC-CESS'ION, n. [L. accessio.]

  1. A coming to; an acceding to and joining; as, a king's accession to a confederacy.
  2. Increase by something added; that which is added; with invitation; as an accession of wealth or territory.
  3. In late, a mode of acquiring property, by which the owner of a corporeal substance, which, receives an addition by growth, or by labor, has a right to the thing added or improvement; provided the thing is not changed into a different species. Thus the owner of a cow becomes to owner of her calf. – Blackstone.
  4. The act of arriving at a throne, an office, or dignity.
  5. That which is added. The only accession which the Roman Empire received, as the province of Britain. – Gibbon.
  6. The invasion of a fit of a periodical disease, or fever. It differs from exacerbation. Accession implies a total previous intermission, as of a fever; exacerbation implies only a previous remission or abatement of violence.




Pertaining to an accessory; as, accessorial agency, accessorial guilt. – Burr's Trial.

AC'CESS-O-RI-LY, adv. [See Accessory.]

In the manner an accessory; by subordinate means, or in a secondary character; not as principal, but as a subordinate agent.


The state of being accessory, of being or acting in a secondary character.

AC'CESS-O-RY, a. [L. accessorius, from accessus, accedo. See Accede. This word is accented on the first syllable account of the derivatives, which require a secondary accent on the third; but the natural accent of accessory the second syllable, and thus it is often pronounced by good speakers.]

  1. Acceding; contributing; aiding in producing some crime or acting in subordination to the principal agent. Usually in a bad sense; as, John was accessory to the felony.
  2. Aiding in certain acts or effects in a secondary manner, as, articulatory sounds in music.