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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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We may not tell the truth perfectly, acceptably, blamelessly, but we're more likely to succeed if we support each other in getting it out there.
The question remains whether its narrative strategies are not too transparently preplanned to allow the work to become something more than just another normal'nyi ("acceptably well made," that is) postmodem, postrealistic novel.
This enables customers to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that an investment in x or y will produce a positive return in an acceptably short time.
Laughs/perfs lean toward the broad; low-budget package is acceptably handled.
"Do you want Quebec to become a country?" Prime Minister Jean Chretien's example of an acceptably clear referendum question as stated in the House of Commons, 24 November 1999
Time is a bigger issue and sometimes brass takes many hours of tumbling to get acceptably clean.
Despite the presence of heritable variation for cold chipping, no cultivars exist that chip acceptably direct from 4[degrees]C storage.
Gap No.1: The first critical gap is that we do not know if carbon conversion in LT-BLG conditions can be made acceptably high in kraft-liquor applications.
Although the chi-square for the one-factor model was significant, X2 (2) = 6.850, p = .033, the CFI and the TFI yielded acceptably high goodness of fit indices (.994 and .983 respectively).
"I'm sure the [IT] community could respond to develop clever solutions to make it go acceptably fast," he says.
The car steers and handles acceptably, despite its skinny, 50-psi Michelins.
The sands are unconsolidated, free of any hardened horizons, and contain an acceptably low level of fine materials.
For example, when cities in the traveling-salesman problem are truly randomly distributed, the method generally fails to zero in quickly on an acceptably short route.
They must document maintenance and cleaning procedures, and the means by which acceptably designed and constructed equipment is used.
Higher oil prices today are a wakeup call to the fact that infinite growth is impossible and population growth is approaching the limits of what the environment can acceptably support.