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[dis-uh-proo-vuh l] /ˌdɪs əˈpru vəl/
the act or state of disapproving; a condemnatory feeling, look, or utterance; censure:
stern disapproval.
Origin of disapproval
1655-65; dis-1 + approval
Related forms
self-disapproval, noun
disapprobation, dislike, condemnation. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disapproval
  • Everything in the piece is contrived to promote disapproval rather than understanding.
  • But his demotion from the modernist canon has been prompted by moral disapproval as well.
  • It was met with little skepticism and disapproval but instead with wild applause on the blog.
  • But right-wingers stoked public dread and polls soon showed significant disapproval of the closure.
  • By removing any real human engagement, they enable us to cultivate our narcissism without the risk of disapproval or criticism.
  • However, that may be less of a hurdle than the disapproval ratings.
  • And disapproval ratings go up when they spend an hour or two insulting each other.
  • They have survived their families' shock and disapproval and the stares and unwelcome comments of strangers.
  • Critical body language and murmurs of disapproval are typical at presidential addresses and part of the political theater.
  • There are people too afraid of disapproval to venture out for a job interview, a date or even a meal in public.
British Dictionary definitions for disapproval


the act or a state or feeling of disapproving; censure; condemnation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disapproval

1660s; see disapprove + -al (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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