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nihil obstat

[nahy-hil ob-stat, nee-] /ˈnaɪ hɪl ˈɒb stæt, ˈni-/
noun, Roman Catholic Church
1.
permission to publish a book, granted by an official censor who, upon examining it, has certified that it contains nothing contrary to faith or morals.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Latin: literally, nothing stands in the way
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nihil obstat

/ˈɒbstæt/
uknown
1.
the phrase used by a Roman Catholic censor to declare publication inoffensive to faith or morals
Word Origin
Latin, literally: nothing hinders
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