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Examples of approbation in a Sentence
The company has even received the approbation of its former critics.
that plan has the approbation of the school board
Recent Examples of approbation from the Web
The most coveted approbation, though, was being summoned over to the couch, an honor bestowed on only a handful of first-time performers.
Still, the approbation for the bill was not universal.
But the right to speak is not the right to public approbation.
If some artists in this show seem to be speaking a bit too literally, that may be because influencing local audiences was a more urgent calling than winning the approbation of far-off western institutions.
Does your approbation of the death penalty have no bounds?
While overall support remains strong for these space vehicles, delays in their development may have begun to break the almost uniform congressional approbation for these exploration programs.
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Did You Know?
Approbation is similar in meaning to "approval," and it is also very close to "approval" etymologically. Both words trace back to the Latin verb approbare, which means "to prove" or "to approve." Approbation meant "proof" when it first appeared in English in the 14th century, and by the early 1500s it had come to mean "formal or official approval," a sense it still retains in certain ecclesiastical contexts. Today, however, we mostly use "approbation" in the looser sense of "approval, admiration, or praise." The related verb approbate means "to approve or sanction," and the adjective approbatory means "expressing approval or commendation."
Synonymsapproval, blessing, favor, imprimatur, OK (or okay)
Antonymsdisapprobation, disapproval, disfavor
Related Wordsbacking, cachet, endorsement (also indorsement), finalization, formalization, homologation, nod, ratification, rubber stamp, sanction, support, thumbs-up, vote; benediction, goodwill; acceptation, accession, agreement, assent, concurrence, consent; countenance, liking, satisfaction
Near Antonymsrefusal, rejection, repudiation; dislike, dissatisfaction; censure, condemnation, criticism, denunciation, deprecation, depreciation, disparagement, opprobrium, reprehension, reproach, reprobation
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