from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To have an unfavorable opinion of; condemn.
  • transitive v. To refuse to approve; reject.
  • intransitive v. To have an unfavorable opinion: disapproves of drinking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To condemn; consider wrong or inappropriate.
  • v. To refuse to approve; reject.
  • v. To have or express an unfavorable opinion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To pass unfavorable judgment upon; to condemn by an act of the judgment; to regard as wrong, unsuitable, or inexpedient; to censure.
  • transitive v. To refuse official approbation to; to disallow; to decline to sanction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To regard with disfavor; think wrong or reprehensible; censure or condemn in opinion or judgment: now generally followed by of: as, to disapprove of dancing, or of late hours.
  • To withhold approval from; reject as not approved of; decline to sanction: as, the court disapproved the verdict.
  • To express or feel disapprobation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. deem wrong or inappropriate
  • v. consider bad or wrong


dis- +‎ approve (Wiktionary)



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