approbation

[ap-ruh-bey-shuhn]
noun
1.
approval; commendation.
2.
official approval or sanction.
3.
Obsolete. conclusive proof.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin approbātiōn- (stem of approbātiō). See approbate, -ion

preapprobation, noun
self-approbation, noun
subapprobation, noun
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approbation (ˌæprəˈbeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  commendation; praise
2.  official recognition or approval
3.  an obsolete word for proof
 
'approbative
 
adj
 
'approbatory
 
adj

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approbation
late 14c., from O.Fr. aprobation, from L. approbationem, noun of action from approbatus, pp. of approbare (see approve).
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Example sentences
For that message, he deserves our approbation.
Yes, ice cream is an approved action of approbation.
But the very power of its imagery is in itself something far less than
  approbation.
There just isn't enough outside approbation.
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