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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.

    The Scandal of 'Ulysses'

  • Or maybe German readers are just more polite about sending approbatory messages to favourite authors.

    :Acquired Taste

  • 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".

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Mrs. Moore could speak — Very true, however, was all she said, with a motion of her head that expressed the bow-approbatory.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • "Stunning" was not one of my words, though of course I was approbatory.

    The Scandal of 'Ulysses'

  • 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.

    Queen for a Day

  • 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.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 6, 1921

  • (Chorus of giggles and approbatory nods from the sympathizing audience of fifty.)

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 3, September 1864 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • 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.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume II. (of X.)

  • Mrs. Colesworthy enfolded her in an approbatory embrace, and hurried home to tell me about it.

    Amos Kilbright; His Adscititious Experiences


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