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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).
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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Examples for disapproving
  • There is a real sense in which he stands aloof from his creations, neither approving nor disapproving but letting them go.
  • Now, bedded down, they turned resolute and disapproving.
  • Opinion polls now show, for the first time, a majority disapproving of the president.
  • Some report receiving disapproving looks from fellow churchgoers and scoldings from ushers.
  • Bad as things are they could be worse, say the disapproving critics.
  • The name comes from the lookdowns countenance, which is reminiscent of a snobbish or disapproving human expression.
  • The planning commission is the principal city administrative board reviewing and approving or disapproving subdivision requests.
British Dictionary definitions for disapproving


(intransitive) often foll by of. to consider wrong, bad, etc
(transitive) to withhold approval from
Derived Forms
disapproving, adjective
disapprovingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disapproving
late 15c., originally "disprove;" as the reverse of approve; it is first attested 1640s. See dis- + approve. Related: Disapproving
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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