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approval; commendation.
official approval or sanction.
Obsolete. conclusive proof.
Contemporary Examples

One of the things about elites is that they only care about the approbation of the members of their own elites.
Charlie Wilson’s CIA Adventures George Crile February 10, 2010

For them to take a name like that suggests not racism but approbation.
Levon Helm of The Band: Obituary Malcolm Jones April 18, 2012

There is a risk to all this approbation, of course, which is that we forget some of his failings.
Must Reads: Madison’s Slaves, Pam Houston, and Alec Wilkinson Eric Herschthal, Kevin Canfield, Nina MacLaughlin February 22, 2012

The word “provocative” is often a term of approbation; here it is clearly intended pejoratively.
Nick Kristof’s Unhinged Attack on Ayaan Hirsi Ali Andrew Roberts May 29, 2010

Historical Examples

He was always affable and pleasing, especially when he desired to secure a person’s approbation to being psychologized.
Professor Huskins Lettie M. Cummings

Had they not come that she might show off to them, and receive their approbation!
Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald

Such a clapping of hands, and shouts of approbation arose on this speech that I was in mortal fear lest we should be heard.
Yr Ynys Unyg Julia de Winton

He seemed to have no inordinate desire for admiration or even for approbation.
Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald

It was printed and published with an approbation and privilege, which is more strange than the work itself.
Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) Isaac D’Israeli

Quicksilver looked at it with a smile, and nodded his approbation.
The Gorgon’s Head Nathaniel Hawthorne

commendation; praise
official recognition or approval
an obsolete word for proof

late 14c., “proven effectiveness, excellence,” from Old French aprobacion or directly from Latin approbationem (nominative approbatio) “an approval,” noun of action from past participle stem of approbare (see approve). Meaning “approval, endorsement” is from early 15c.


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    ; expressing . Historical Examples 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 […]

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