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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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  • Flurry would shake her head at him disapprovingly, as she picked them up and shook out their smart frocks.

    Esther Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • M. de Rivarol, intrigued by his mirth, scowled upon him disapprovingly.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • She looked at him a moment, at loss for a reply, but not disapprovingly.

    The Road to Paris Robert Neilson Stephens
  • “There must have been eggs in that hay,” said Twaddles disapprovingly.

  • Young America sniffs and shakes its little head, and says disapprovingly, 'Strong-minded woman!'

    The Potiphar Papers George William Curtis
  • The old whaler looked at him thoughtfully and disapprovingly.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • He ate another of Diantha's excellent biscuits, his greyish-red whiskers slowly wagging; and continued to eye her disapprovingly.

    What Diantha Did Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • "That ain't nice enough," said Gotobed, eyeing it disapprovingly.

    Mildred Keith Martha Finley
British Dictionary definitions for disapprovingly


(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 disapprovingly



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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