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approval

[uh-proo-vuhl]
noun
1.
the act of approving; approbation.
2.
formal permission or sanction.
3.
Philately. one of a group of selected stamps sent by a dealer to a prospective customer for examination and either purchase or return.
Idioms
4.
on approval, without obligation to buy unless satisfactory to the customer upon trial or examination and, otherwise, returnable: We ship merchandise on approval.

Origin:
1680–90; approve + -al2

nonapproval, noun
preapproval, noun
proapproval, adjective
reapproval, noun
self-approval, noun
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approval (əˈpruːvəl)
 
n
1.  the act of approving
2.  formal agreement; sanction
3.  a favourable opinion; commendation
4.  on approval (of articles for sale) for examination with an option to buy or return

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Word Origin & History

approval
1680s, from approve + -al (2). According to OED, "Rare bef. 1800; now generally used instead of" approvance (1650s, from Fr. aprovance).
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Idioms & Phrases

on approval

To be returned if not satisfactory, as in They're offering custom-made shoes, manufactured from a computer design, on approval. This expression, applied nearly always to the purchase of goods, was first recorded in 1870.

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