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approval

[uh-proo-vuh l] /əˈpru vəl/
noun
1.
the act of approving; approbation.
2.
formal permission or sanction.
3.
Philately. one of a group of selected stamps sent by a dealer to a prospective customer for examination and either purchase or return.
Idioms
4.
on approval, without obligation to buy unless satisfactory to the customer upon trial or examination and, otherwise, returnable:
We ship merchandise on approval.
Origin of approval
1680-1690
1680-90; approve + -al2
Related forms
nonapproval, noun
preapproval, noun
proapproval, adjective
reapproval, noun
self-approval, noun
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  • Professor Robinson listened attentively, and nodded his approval.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for approval

approval

/əˈpruːvəl/
noun
1.
the act of approving
2.
formal agreement; sanction
3.
a favourable opinion; commendation
4.
on approval, (of articles for sale) for examination with an option to buy or return
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Word Origin and History for approval
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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Idioms and Phrases with approval
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