from The Century Dictionary.
- Approving; expressing, implying, or of the nature of approbation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Approving, or implying approbation.
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- adjective Expressing
Sanctioningofficially, giving authorization or approval to something.
- noun linguistics A word or grammatical form which
denotesa positive affectexpressing the appreciationor approvalof the speaker.
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- adjective expressing or manifesting praise or approval
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This time I smiled in good earnest at his fantastic fashion of self-introduction, observing which the blue gentleman swayed me backwards and forwards several times with his right hand, and I felt that if I had been an oak of the forest he would have swayed me just as easily, while he said with a kind of approbative chuckle: 'That's right -- a very good lad; that's right -- a very smart lad.'
These terms are neither approbative nor disapprobative in themselves.
A more concise, equally accurate but less approbative way of putting this would be simply that he "smokes."
Will he strike his ebony wood staff angrily on the floor, frightening him by the incoherent violence of his exclamations; or will he squat down with a good-humoured smile, and, rubbing his hands gently over his stomach with a familiar gesture, expectorate copiously into the brass siri-vessel, giving vent to a low, approbative murmur?
And the approbative shouts of his half-intoxicated auditors filled his simple soul with delight and pride.
The new president of the university arose and eyed him with a peculiarly approbative and grateful gaze.
If the first, then they cannot intend any but those moral powers who are said to be of God, in respect of his approbative and preceptive will.
God is to be overthrown, then providence must be expressive of God's approbative ordination, equally as his revealed will is.
Never had he been more critical, more approbative.
If then this distinction is denied, and the providential will of God asserted to be declarative of his preceptive, and so of his approbative will; it remains to be manifested, where and how it has been appointed of God for such an end, an end that is by the Spirit of God denied unto it: _Eccl. _ ix, 1, 2, 4.