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- n. The state or quality of being approbative.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being approbative.
- n. Love of approbation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In phrenology, ambition; love of praise or desire for fame; pride of character; sensitiveness to the opinions of others.
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Miss Dix has one remarkable peculiarity -- undoubtedly remarkable in one of her sex which is said, and with truth -- to possess great approbativeness.
The young lady is admirably adapted to the stage, and if she would adopt that profession the very faculty of approbativeness would be her most powerful stimulus in ambition to excel.
That is the sign of approbativeness, love of applause, compliments, desire to attract attention, etc.
There is a magnificent moral influence shown in the development of conscientiousness, approbativeness and caution.
To pose a worthy senator as Saint Paul, and a dashing lady of the Court as the Holy Virgin, was most gratifying to the phrenological development of approbativeness of the said senator and lady.
Sometimes, though she would scarcely have confessed it, her husband's mere approbativeness had almost shocked her.
The printer's lad was plainly not lacking in the bump of approbativeness, or the quality of self-assertiveness.
I was greatly impressed when he remarked that I had a large bump of approbativeness and would sometime be an editor.
The only long word I brought away from childhood was approbativeness.
He abounds in friendliness and approbativeness, and is greatly lacking in firmness and steadiness of will.