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[dis-uh-proov] /ˌdɪs əˈpruv/
verb (used with object), disapproved, disapproving.
to think (something) wrong or reprehensible; censure or condemn in opinion.
to withhold approval from; decline to sanction:
The Senate disapproved the nominations.
verb (used without object), disapproved, disapproving.
to have an unfavorable opinion; express disapproval (usually followed by of).
Origin of disapprove
1475-85; dis-1 + approve
Related forms
disapprover, noun
disapprovingly, adverb
postdisapproved, adjective
Can be confused
deny, disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute (see synonym study at deny)
disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute.
1. deplore, decry, criticize.
1. praise. Unabridged
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  • Wisdom and virtue should, no doubt, have made him disapprove of Miss May's little outbreak of hot temper.

    That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 2(of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • You have never been to the theatre, you say, and yet you disapprove of it.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • If I read this over, as I am now going to do, and disapprove of myself, it is not too late to change my mind.

    The Lightning Conductor C. N. Williamson
  • And though I disapprove of your husband's doings, you know I would not willingly do him any harm?

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Still you have recognized the phenomenon, but you disapprove of Favorinus' explanation of it?

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for disapprove


(intransitive) often foll by of. to consider wrong, bad, etc
(transitive) to withhold approval from
Derived Forms
disapproving, adjective
disapprovingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disapprove

late 15c., "disprove;" as the reverse of approve it is first attested 1640s. See dis- + approve. Related: Disapproved; disapproving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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