Catsoulis aptly—and, I think, approvingly—calls this “a method that spits on context.”
Peter approvingly cites the refusal of A.B. Yehoshua and David Grossman to go speak in Ariel.
In which attitude, with Mrs. Vint patting him approvingly on the back, they were surprised by Paul Carrick.
"That's the way to talk, darlint," said his mother, approvingly.
"Ah; that proves you have a Kind Heart," remarked the Scarecrow, approvingly.
"Good for you, Max; I can see you've got an idea," cried out Jim, approvingly.
"Them's my sentiments," nodded Mr. Dibbs, approvingly, helping himself to more wine and pine-apple.
“My, but you are giving me a whole lot,” he said, watching her approvingly and encouragingly.
"Yes; that is all very nicely told," the old gentleman said approvingly.
“You do manage to have a good time, all right,” he said approvingly.
c.1300, "to demonstrate, prove;" mid-14c., "to attest (something) with authority," from Old French aprover (Modern French approuver) "approve, agree to," from Latin approbare "to assent to as good, regard as good," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + probare "to try, test something (to find if it is good)," from probus "honest, genuine" (see prove).
The meaning extended late 14c. to "to sanction, endorse, confirm formally" then to "assent to (something) as good" (early 15c.), especially in reference to the actions of authorities, parliaments, etc. Related: Approved; approving.