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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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  • 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.

  • Quicksilver looked at it with a smile, and nodded his approbation.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
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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