nihil-obstat

nihil obstat

[nahy-hil ob-stat, nee-]
noun Roman Catholic Church.
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:
1885–90; < Latin: literally, nothing stands in the way

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nihil obstat (ˈɒbstæt)
 
the phrase used by a Roman Catholic censor to declare publication inoffensive to faith or morals
 
[Latin, literally: nothing hinders]

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