dis·​ap·​prov·​al | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈprü-vəl How to pronounce disapproval (audio) \

Definition of disapproval

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Examples of disapproval in a Sentence

I could sense her disapproval. They made their disapproval of our behavior very clear.
Recent Examples on the Web One of McConnell’s closest outside advisors, GOP strategist Josh Holmes, made his disapproval of the gambit clear, suggesting in a tweet that the effort would eventually backfire on those involved. Los Angeles Times, "Nearly a dozen GOP senators say they will object to electoral college results," 2 Jan. 2021 Mills is rarely hesitant to tweet her views on politics, from her activism protesting for racial justice to her disapproval of some actions by Bowser. Washington Post, "D.C. contact tracer says she was fired for a tweet that raised questions about overtime pay," 22 Dec. 2020 The chief architect of Sweden’s controversial response to the pandemic is losing the confidence of the people who are supposed to be following his advice, with even the nation’s monarch signaling his disapproval. Rafaela Lindeberg, Fortune, "Public confidence in Sweden’s controversial COVID-response architect ‘in a downward spiral’," 17 Dec. 2020 Indeed, theater owners are clinging to the promising news of an imminent COVID vaccine as evidence that a return to normalcy is quickly approaching — and a reason to register their disapproval with Warner Bros. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "By betting big on HBO Max, Warner Bros. has hastened the future of the movie business," 4 Dec. 2020 Voters who’d soured on Trump since 2016 and wanted to register their disapproval, the thinking goes, had to resign themselves to supporting Democrats down ballot in 2018. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Don’t Blame the Left for the Democrats’ Losses," 16 Nov. 2020 The president’s allies and supporters, however, have signaled their disapproval with Fox News in recent days. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "CNN and MSNBC dominate ratings after Election Day coverage, leaving Fox News in third place," 10 Nov. 2020 Disgust and disapproval are readily accessible to most followers of Texas politics. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Paxton makes a fool of himself with lawsuit," 11 Dec. 2020 In July, protesters took to the streets to show their disapproval for the possible consideration of reform. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Abortion is legal in Namibia, but only if a woman is in danger or has been sexually abused. Activists are demanding reform," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of disapproval

1649, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disapproval was in 1649

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16 Jan 2021

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“Disapproval.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapproval. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disapproval

: lack of approval : the belief that someone or something is bad or wrong


dis·​ap·​prov·​al | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈprü-vəl How to pronounce disapproval (audio) \

Kids Definition of disapproval

: the feeling of not liking or agreeing with something or someone

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