from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In civil and Scots law, the verbal extinction of a verbal contract, with a declaration that the debt has been paid when it has not, or the acceptance of something merely imaginary in satisfaction of a verbal contract. Wharton.
  • noun In theology, the free forgiveness of sins by God, for Christ's sake.

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  • noun (Civil Law) Gratuitous discharge; a release from debt or obligation without payment; free remission.

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  • noun civil law Gratuitous discharge; a release from debt or obligation without payment; free remission.


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From Latin acceptilatio entry of a debt collected, acquittance, from past participle of accipere (compare accept) + latio a carrying, from latus, past participle of ferre to carry: (also in French)


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  • Hence it follows, that the act of God with respect unto our obedience is not an act of judgment according unto any rule or law of his own; but an acceptilation, or an esteeming, accounting, accepting that as perfect, or in the room of that which is perfect, which really and in truth is not so.

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

  • All these things, and sundry others of the same kind, do follow also on the second supposition, of an acceptilation or an imaginary estimation of that as perfect which is imperfect, as sinless which is attended with sins innumerable.

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

  • And the acceptilation which some plead (traducing a fiction in human laws to interpret the mystery of the gospel) does not only overthrow all imputation, but the satisfaction and merit of Christ also.

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

  • An acceptilation can be made in Greek, provided the form corresponds to that of the Latin words, as 'exeis labon denaria tosa; exo labon.'

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • So, too, as a debt can be lawfully discharged in part, so acceptilation may be made of part only.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • This process, as we said, discharges only obligations which arise from verbal contract, and no others, for it seemed only natural that where words can bind words may also loose: but a debt due from any other cause may be transformed into a debt by stipulation, and then released by an imaginary verbal payment or acceptilation.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • 2 A stipulation has been invented, commonly called Aquilian, by which an obligation of any kind whatsoever can be clothed in stipulation form, and then extinguished by acceptilation; for by this process any kind of obligation may be novated.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • n. - substance killing mites. acaricidal, adj. acceptilation



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    June 4, 2008