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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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  • “My dear, I should be sorry if you did not,” he answered with dignity, and with a strong note of disapproval in his voice.

    With Hoops of Steel Florence Finch Kelly
  • She looked at K. defiantly, but there was no disapproval in his eyes.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • At the sight of the pair he halted, looking at them in question, and with disapproval.

    Elissa H. Rider Haggard
  • But the shack filled with his disapproval of her reluctance to free him from his promise.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • "And yet you think of being married, which it is not nice to speak of," said Lucy, with disapproval.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
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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