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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


  • At this juncture La Flitche nodded his head in approbation, and she went on.

    CHAPTER 28

  • You can knock on the back door at Tom's starting at 6: 00AM for your tequila and, as far as community approbation is concerned, have the staff serve your drink in a coffee cup and say stuff like 'Y'all sho make a mighty fine cup o' swill, Tom, how 'bout a refill. 'when you need more.


  • Hence the word approbation is appropriate to keep the co-workers of the bishop alert, to remind them of their dependence, to give the bishop greater facility to exercise his right of watchfulness, and to keep each one within the proper limits of his jurisdiction.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • The only things missing from their approbation were the air horns.

    Marvin Kitman: The State of Denial Message

  • As Hume formulates it, the problem is to explain the nature of the relationship between our approbation, which is pleasurable, and the presence of “sorrow, terror, anxiety,” and other naturally disagreeable emotions (OT, 258).

    Hume's Aesthetics

  • Why that word approbation? when the greatest pride of all my family is, that of having the honour of so dear a creature for their relation?

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • And I think, moreover, that his approbation ought to be your chief study.

    Can You Forgive Her?

  • In the second sense, beauty becomes a ground of aesthetic approbation, that is, a property that may properly be cited in a reason to justify that approba - tion.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • But it has reference to the consent of particular approbation, which is the peculiar act of the regenerating

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 2

  • In the purity of female feelings we may have a security that any system that recommends itself to women, must have a fair semblance of goodness as it appears in their eyes: but it does not follow that their approbation is a test of its genuine excellence, or of its actual conformity with the type which it professes to represent.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845


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