approbation

noun ap·pro·ba·tion \ ˌa-prə-ˈbā-shən \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of approbation

1 a : commendation, praise
  • a plan that has won the approbation of the mayor
b : an act of approving formally or officially
2 obsolete : proof

approbatory

play \ˈa-prə-bə-ˌtȯr-ē, ə-ˈprō-bə-\ adjective

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Examples of approbation in a Sentence

  1. The company has even received the approbation of its former critics.

  2. that plan has the approbation of the school board

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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."

Origin and Etymology of approbation


APPROBATION Defined for English Language Learners

approbation

noun

Definition of approbation for English Language Learners

  • : praise or approval



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