from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An expression of warm approval; praise.
- n. Official approval.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of approving; an assenting to the propriety of a thing with some degree of pleasure or satisfaction; approval, sanction, commendation or official recognition
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Proof; attestation.
- n. The act of approving; an assenting to the propriety of a thing with some degree of pleasure or satisfaction; approval; sanction; commendation.
- n. Probation or novitiate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of approving or commending; the giving of assent to something as proper or praiseworthy; sanction; approval; commendation.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, the official judgment of a bishop or his representative approving the fitness of a priest for hearing confession.
- n. An official sanction or license formerly required in England, France, etc., for the publication of a book or other writing.
- n. 4. Conclusive evidence; proof.
- n. 5. Probation; trial; novitiate.
- n. Synonyms Approbation, Approval, liking, commendation; sanction, consent, concurrence. Approbation and approval are becoming separated in meaning, approbation being used more for the inward feeling, and approval more for the formal act.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. official recognition or approval
- n. official approval
Late Middle English approbacioun, from Old French approbacion (French approbation), from Latin approbatio, from approbare ("to assent to as good, approve, also show to be good, confirm"), from ad ("to") + probare ("approve, commend"), from probus ("good"). (Wiktionary)