Many a times I used the word "unaccept". But everytime our system shows redline (spellcheck). I believe it is the opposite of "accept", correct?
If its a mistake, what should I use?
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Unaccept is not a word? I find that unacceptable! :P
- (rare) To rescind one's acceptance of - Wiktionary.org
The word you've entered isn't in the dictionary - Merriam-Webster.com
- (rare) To rescind one's acceptance of - YourDictionary.com
There aren't any definitions for unaccept yet. - UrbanDictionary.com
Dang, not even in there?
Wait, the OED does cite a usage of it:
- acceptor, n. View full entry 1665
...uld (if he could) unaccept the Bill , or make voyde his Acceptanc...
1665, so it exists, but it's vintage?
I guess it depends on who you ask.
You shouldn't fault your spell checker for flagging it. No one has any real authority to tell you not to use it but it is certainly not popular enough that you should use it unawares.
Unawares is a word right?
With a verb and suffix un, doesn't it need to have already happened and the same forces of physics apply to both in reverse due to it being UNDONE!???? Do and undo, an action that can be reversed. tie and untie
If you accept... You can't unaccept unless the person gives you that option. A new verb is required as a new action is in place.
you: Thanks, deal!
me: Wait, I unaccept
you: No, tough shit fuck face
me.............. Can we come to a new arrangement?
and then another action is required to stop the deal. otherwise it is refuse or undo or get the fuck out of my office... The subject takes a new action. Because the original action required more that 1 human (usually for this verb) and to reverse the action linguistically would also take the same 2 in unison, if only 1 does it, unaccepts it, it is a new action. If they both unaccept it... It is fucking impossible as one is giving and one is receiving, if they both unaccept it, time would stand still and the sun might scorch the earth. Imagine how a woman would unaccept a woody which has already gone inside without a new action happening....................
For the record:
Before about 1700 it was a rare use word. PLEASE don't ask me where I learnt/learned this from, I did a BA TESOL and it's in there.
It is fair to say that if it hasn't circulated at least semi-commonly via millions of speakers for 400 years we can say it was fucked off and reject or refuse took over as.... Many opposing adjectives use completely different words (Pre-Latin influence I believe, Germanic or Slavic), hot-unhot.... doesn't really cut it right... but could in an alternative universe where a celebrity used it in a sex tape for more fame but.... I digress, unaccept is a verb and not an adj soooooooooooooooo as with some verbs: they either are or they are not. Like run.... we can't say a little bit run or unrun (without a time machine, it's a jog or jogging but the meaning is clear. But you might unagree.