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acceptable damage

Destruction or casualties that are considered reasonable because they happen in the context of a war or military attack. Many would argue that even one lost life should not be considered acceptable damage. The general considered the destruction of the tanks to be acceptable damage since his soldiers returned from the mission alive and uninjured.
See also: acceptable, damage

acceptable losses

Destruction or casualties that are considered reasonable because they happen in the context of a war or military attack. The general considered the destruction of the tanks to be acceptable losses since his soldiers returned from the mission alive and uninjured. Many would argue that any lost lives should not be considered acceptable losses
See also: acceptable, loss

the acceptable face of (something)

A presentation, manifestation, or aspect of something that is or tries to be acceptable or even attractive. They claim to be defenders of free speech, but they're just trying to be the acceptable face of racism, if you ask me. Their country, with its economic success and reputation for human rights, has become the acceptable face of communism.
See also: acceptable, face, of

acceptable damage

 and acceptable losses
Euph. casualties or destruction inflicted by an enemy that is considered minor or tolerable. At present, the enemy's first-strike capability would produce acceptable damage. The general indicated that the fifty thousand casualties were within the range of acceptable losses.
See also: acceptable, damage

the acceptable face of something

The acceptable face of something is the part of it that people accept or like, even if they do not like the thing itself. She was the acceptable face of a modern monarchy. He was a successful businessman who showed the acceptable face of capitalism.

the acceptable face of

the tolerable or attractive manifestation or aspect of.
1996 New York Review of Books He presents himself as the acceptable face of gambling…the man who, almost single-handedly, has turned a huckster's paradise into a gangster-free zone.
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* Americans' views that divorce is morally acceptable have risen 10 points since 2012 to 77% and are currently the highest they have been.
The inspection results also showed that 42 per cent of student achievement, teaching and assessment are good or above, whereas 51 per cent have acceptable quality of teaching and assessment, and only seven per cent are weak.
Thirty-six per cent of the 11 Indian curriculum schools were seen to be providing 'good' quality education; 55 per cent were in the 'acceptable' level; and nine per cent were marked as 'weak'.
The percentage of Americans who say they find human cloning morally acceptable has increased, but the overwhelming majority still find it morally unacceptable.
In September 2016 you announced the Acceptable Ads Platform, which in a nutshell shows users advertising which has been "deemed acceptable", irrespective of installation of Adblock Plus.
Acceptable ads was a pivot toward what we think is better.'
"The Acceptable Ads Platform lets publishers reach the former group without changing anything about how they're reaching the latter."
"And if it is not acceptable to me, it ought not to be acceptable to anyone that many people are going to have to choose between keeping warm and eating.
"The abuse they've received is simply not acceptable. It's not acceptable in the real world, and it's not acceptable on Twitter.
The following terminology is representative of language that is generally considered acceptable; it is contrasted with language that is considered insulting or degrading.
These provide for checks up to 5,000 euros to be acceptable without any restrictions, while checks above this limit and up to 200,000 euros will be acceptable upon the approval of the Central Bank Committee, which was set up in accordance with the relevant law imposing restrictions on financial transactions.
Le Secretaire general de l'ONU Ban Ki-moon a juge qu'une frappe militaire israelienne contre l'Iran ne serait "pas acceptable", pas plus que ne le serait une riposte iranienne, et s'est dit "tres preoccupe par la rhetorique virulente" sur cette question.
No, the FA's decision to ban Luis Suarez for eight matches was merely the upholding of the principle that any form of racial abuse is no longer acceptable in our game.
The Albanian parties are reserved regarding the last articles of Greek media Macedonia to be called "Vardar Macedonia." It is said that the proposal, that is thought to be prepared by mediator Nimetz, is acceptable for both sides and that the compromise agreement will happen this summer.