from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Roman Catholic Church An attestation by a church censor that a book contains nothing damaging to faith or morals.
- n. Official approval, especially of an artistic work.
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- n. authoritative approval
- n. the phrase used by the official censor of the Roman Catholic Church to say that a publication has been examined and contains nothing offensive to the church
Latin, nothing hinders : nihil, nothing + obstat, third person sing. present tense of obstāre, to hinder.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)