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[ap-ruh-bey-shuh n] /ˌæp rəˈbeɪ ʃən/
approval; commendation.
official approval or sanction.
Obsolete. conclusive proof.
Origin of approbation
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin approbātiōn- (stem of approbātiō). See approbate, -ion
Related forms
preapprobation, noun
self-approbation, noun
subapprobation, noun Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • One sort of reward is public approbation.
  • You have my approbation when you set them straight.
  • They care little for outsider's approbation.
  • He had written several plays for the court-theatre, which were honoured by the warmest approbation of the monarch.
  • We mean to manage otherwise, and we expect thy approbation.
  • He was pleased to grant my request, and at the same time to give me a very ample testimony of his approbation.
British Dictionary definitions for approbation


commendation; praise
official recognition or approval
an obsolete word for proof
Derived Forms
approbative, approbatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for approbation

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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