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noun. 1. an agreeable demeanor toward a concept, position, individual, or group. In regards to therapy, a welcoming and open-minded demeanor possessed by therapy professionals that puts patients at ease. 2. In regards to addicts and dependents recovering from alcohol and drug abuse problems, acceptance is the initial phase an individual needs to get to and go through in order for therapies to begin and be successful.

ACCEPTANCE: "Maria was thrilled to receive her acceptance letter to college in the mail."

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