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- adj. Tending to approve or confirm
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Containing or expressing approbation; commendatory.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the nature of sanction; containing or expressing approbation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. expressing or manifesting praise or approval
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Today even the "approbatory" epithet seems too strong as Ellmann's final word on the text that he watched disintegrate.
Or maybe German readers are just more polite about sending approbatory messages to favourite authors.
Even Ken Follett, whose truly appalling novel World Without End befouled my mind for a fortnight, can been seen to have a positive effect; when I was reading some reviews to see if anyone else thought it as bad as I did, I came across a couple of approbatory references to Sharon Kay Penman, along the lines of "this is how it should be done".
Mrs. Moore could speak — Very true, however, was all she said, with a motion of her head that expressed the bow-approbatory.
"Stunning" was not one of my words, though of course I was approbatory.
Hence, doubtless, the unusual volume of publicity material that accompanied the review copy of Miss MacIntosh, My Darling, including a photograph of Miss Young delivering that mighty pile of typescript, and two pages of advance comments on the novel, all of them, in principle, favorable, ranging from the full-throated ecstatic to the mildly approbatory.
That they endeavour to procure from the National Government the appropriation of adequate funds to aid the voluntary emigration of all emancipated people of colour, to any country where a suitable asylum may be found: and that, as an auxiliary means, they petition the state legislature for the passage of resolutions approbatory of such measure.
(Chorus of giggles and approbatory nods from the sympathizing audience of fifty.)
Chloe went through the same process; they looked significantly at each other, nodded, set the pitchers on the slab, and gave a little approbatory cough.
Mrs. Colesworthy enfolded her in an approbatory embrace, and hurried home to tell me about it.