[im-pri-mah-ter, -mey-, -prahy-]
an official license to print or publish a book, pamphlet, etc., especially a license issued by a censor of the Roman Catholic Church. Compare nihil obstat.
sanction or approval; support: Our plan has the company president's imprimatur.

1630–40; < Neo-Latin: let it be printed, Latin: let it be made by pressing upon (something); see impress1 Unabridged
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imprimatur (ˌɪmprɪˈmeɪtə, -ˈmɑː-)
1.  RC Church a licence granted by a bishop certifying the Church's approval of a book to be published
2.  sanction, authority, or approval, esp for something to be printed
[C17: New Latin, literally: let it be printed]

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Word Origin & History

1640, from Mod.L. "let it be printed," the formula of a book licenser, third person singular present subjunctive passive of L. imprimere "to print" (see impress). Originally of state license to print books, later only of Roman Catholic Church.
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(Latin: "let it be printed"), in the Roman Catholic church, a permission, required by contemporary canon law and granted by a bishop, for the publication of any work on Scripture or, in general, any writing containing something of peculiar significance to religion, theology, or morality. Strictly speaking, the imprimatur is nothing more than the permission. But because its concession must be preceded by the favourable judgment of a censor (nihil obstat: "nothing hinders [it from being printed]"), the term has come to imply ecclesiastical approval of the publication itself. Nevertheless, the imprimatur is not an episcopal endorsement of the content, nor is it a guarantee of doctrinal integrity. It does indicate that nothing offensive to faith or morals has been discovered in the work

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Example sentences
The author's name has to be invoked as a pretentious highbrow imprimatur.
Some lawyers refuse to recognise his appointment without the president's
Both books have the imprimatur of the scientific community and have received
  excellent reviews.
But they also serve their shareholders, who profit whenever that imprimatur
  shows up on a security, safe or not.
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