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approbation

[ap-ruh-bey-shuh n] /ˌæp rəˈbeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
approval; commendation.
2.
official approval or sanction.
3.
Obsolete. conclusive proof.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin approbātiōn- (stem of approbātiō). See approbate, -ion
Related forms
preapprobation, noun
self-approbation, noun
subapprobation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for selfapprobation

approbation

/ˌæprəˈbeɪʃən/
noun
1.
commendation; praise
2.
official recognition or approval
3.
an obsolete word for proof
Derived Forms
approbative, approbatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for selfapprobation

approbation

n.

late 14c., "proven effectiveness, excellence," from Old French aprobacion or directly from Latin approbationem (nominative approbatio) "an approval," noun of action from past participle stem of approbare (see approve). Meaning "approval, endorsement" is from early 15c.

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