; expressing .
His salute now was pleasant, with reference to Charles, but the eye he cast upon his assistant was distinctly not approbatory.
Angela’s Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
approbatory notices appeared in the principal papers and journals.
Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Chorus of giggles and approbatory nods from the sympathizing audience of fifty.
The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 3, September 1864 Various
Thus far all criticisms have been of an approbatory character, and have only expressed pleasure.
The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
Mrs. Colesworthy enfolded her in an approbatory embrace, and hurried home to tell me about it.
Amos Kilbright; His Adscititious Experiences Frank R. Stockton
v. mid-14c., from Old French aproprier, from Late Latin appropriare (see appropriate (v.)).
capable of being ; liable to be . Historical Examples A great many things, as we have shown in another place, are not appropriable. Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly, February 1899 Various
suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.: an appropriate example; an appropriate dress. belonging to or peculiar to a person; proper: Each played his appropriate part. to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use: The legislature appropriated funds for the university. to take to or for oneself; take […]
noun the condition of delicate and precise fittingness of a word or expression to its context, even when it is chosen from a number of close synonyms