approbative

adjective
ap·​pro·​ba·​tive | \ ˈaprəˌbātiv, -bət-; əˈprōbət-, əˈpräb- \

Definition of approbative

: favorable once criticism of the plan took a favorable turn, it remained approbative

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History and Etymology for approbative

French approbatif, from Medieval Latin approbativus proving, from Late Latin, giving a reason, from Latin approbatus + -ivus -ive

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“Approbative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/approbative. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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