approval

[uh-proo-vuhl]
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:
1680–90; approve + -al2

nonapproval, noun
preapproval, noun
proapproval, adjective
reapproval, noun
self-approval, noun
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approval (əˈpruːvəl)
 
n
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 & History

approval
1680s, from approve + -al (2). According to OED, "Rare bef. 1800; now generally used instead of" approvance (1650s, from Fr. aprovance).
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Idioms & Phrases

approval

see on approval; seal of approval.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
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.
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