- (UK) IPA(key): /ˌʌn.æk.ˈsɛp.tə.bl̩/, /ˌʌn.ək.ˈsɛp.tə.bl̩/, [ˌɐn.æk.ˈsɛp.tʰə.bɫ̩], [ˌɐn.ək.ˈsɛp.tʰə.bɫ̩]
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌʌn.æk.ˈsɛp.tə.bl̩/, /ˌʌn.ək.ˈsɛp.tə.bl̩/, [ˌɐn.æk.ˈsɛp.tʰə.bɫ̩], [ˌɐn.ɪ̞k.ˈsɛp.tʰə.bɫ̩]
- unsatisfactory; not acceptable
- 2011 December 16, Denis Campbell, “Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients'”, in Guardian:
- "This shocking report proves once again that we urgently need a radical shake-up of hospital care," said Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society. "Given that people with dementia occupy a quarter of hospital beds and that many leave in worse health than when they were admitted, it is unacceptable that training in dementia care is not the norm."
- (linguistics) not conforming to accepted usage
- inacceptable (less common)
unsatisfactory; not acceptable
unacceptable (plural unacceptables)
- Something that is not acceptable.