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[uh-proo-vuh l] /əˈpru vəl/
the act of approving; approbation.
formal permission or sanction.
Philately. one of a group of selected stamps sent by a dealer to a prospective customer for examination and either purchase or return.
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
1680-90; approve + -al2
Related forms
nonapproval, noun
preapproval, noun
proapproval, adjective
reapproval, noun
self-approval, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for approval
  • They are referring specifically to budgetary approval.
  • The fourth part will take a long time to complete: it will involve new treaties and approval by parliaments and voters.
  • The company combed its email logs to make sure no approval notice had been received.
  • Position and renewal are contingent upon budgetary approval.
  • It is costly to develop medicines and get regulatory approval.
  • approval expected for genetically modified salmon.
  • He got a meeting with a deputy director, but not approval for a bureau badge.
  • It requires expensive grid infrastructure, which in turn rests on a complex and time-consuming approval process.
  • Every time you discover an entire bone, you're rewarded with a dinosaur roar of approval.
  • However, some apps pull such data without your approval.
British Dictionary definitions for approval


the act of approving
formal agreement; sanction
a favourable opinion; commendation
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

1680s, from approve + -al (2). According to OED, "Rare bef. 1800; now generally used instead of" approvance (1590s, from French aprovance).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with approval
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