Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An expression of warm approval; praise.
  • noun Official approval.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of approving or commending; the giving of assent to something as proper or praiseworthy; sanction; approval; commendation.
  • noun In the Roman Catholic Church, the official judgment of a bishop or his representative approving the fitness of a priest for hearing confession.
  • noun An official sanction or license formerly required in England, France, etc., for the publication of a book or other writing.
  • noun 4. Conclusive evidence; proof.
  • noun 5. Probation; trial; novitiate.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Proof; attestation.
  • noun The act of approving; an assenting to the propriety of a thing with some degree of pleasure or satisfaction; approval; sanction; commendation.
  • noun obsolete Probation or novitiate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun official recognition or approval
  • noun official approval

Etymologies

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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").

Examples

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Taxes

  • 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.

    Taxes

  • 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.

    Taxes

  • 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.

    Taxes

  • 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.

    Taxes

  • 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.

    Taxes

  • 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.

    Taxes

  • 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.

    Taxes

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