Approval



the act of ; approbation.
formal permission or sanction.
Philately. one of a group of selected stamps sent by a dealer to a prospective customer for examination and either purchase or return.
on approval, without obligation to buy unless satisfactory to the customer upon trial or examination and, otherwise, returnable:
We ship merchandise on approval.
Contemporary Examples

It was done after we had received a binding legal opinion from Justice and approval from the White House to proceed.
CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me Kimberly Dozier December 10, 2014

It does give a candidate that stamp of approval if they have Jim in their corner.
The GOP’s New Kingmaker Patricia Murphy September 8, 2011

Now, with an 11.5% approval rating within Greece, they appear to be setting their sights beyond the country’s borders.
Not These Idiots Again Ilana Glazer April 2, 2013

Netanyahu took 11th place in the poll, with a 53 percent approval rating.
Will Peres Challenge Bibi for Israel’s Top Political Post? Dan Ephron November 8, 2012

Vreeland believes that in the end, his grandmother put her subtle seal of approval on his lifestyle.
From Fashion Player to Photographer Monk Nina Strochlic December 2, 2014

Historical Examples

Professor Robinson listened attentively, and nodded his approval.
Walter Sherwood’s Probation Horatio Alger

The bill passed, and received the approval of the Queen, August 1, 1870.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

There he had a dream, in which God signified his approval of Jacob and pronounced a blessing upon him.
The Harp of God J. F. Rutherford

Christine saw his approval, and was happier than she had been for weeks.
K Mary Roberts Rinehart

I hear the Cantata was admirably sung and won the Emperors approval.
The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Modeste Tchaikovsky

noun
the act of approving
formal agreement; sanction
a favourable opinion; commendation
on approval, (of articles for sale) for examination with an option to buy or return
n.

1680s, from approve + -al (2). According to OED, “Rare bef. 1800; now generally used instead of” approvance (1590s, from French aprovance).
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on approval
seal of approval

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