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.

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But even with those things going for it, the organization has been caught up in the public's disapproval of GMOs, with protesters having threatened to destroy one of its test plantings in 2012. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Why haven’t genetically engineered crops made food better?," 4 June 2019 Confronting German submarines and arrogance, Wilson composed a series of diplomatic protests that united the pacifist left and Rooseveltian militants in disapproval of his leadership. Richard Norton Smith, WSJ, "‘The Moralist’ Review: The High and Rocky Road," 19 Apr. 2018 After the play, Chaparral head coach Michael Stoffey broke his clipboard in disapproval. Jorge Ramos, azcentral, "Arcadia softball holds off Chaparral in back-and-forth thriller," 17 Apr. 2018 Obviously not happy about this, the furious hound attacks his hand and sticks his tongue out in disapproval. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "WATCH: This Feisty Pug CANNOT STAND Shampoo Bottles," 7 Aug. 2015 Russ's disapproval of Paola's modeling gigs took a very obvious toll on their relationship. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What '90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?' Stars Paola and Russ Are Actually Like Off Camera," 27 Apr. 2019 This doesn’t sit well with Moti (Zohar Strauss), Anat’s Orthodox brother-in-law, whose disapproval of the lonely gentile in their midst subtly pokes at historical animus. Ofir Raul Graizer, New York Times, "Review: A German ‘Cakemaker’ and an Israeli Widow Share Loss and Cookies," 28 June 2018 Despite disapproval from Comcast investors, who would probably prefer the company to buy back shares (Comcast’s share price has fallen by 8.5% since the announcement), there is a case to be made for buying Sky. The Economist, "Comcast announces a surprise offer for the British television firm," 3 Mar. 2018 Her disapproval rating grew to 47% from 41% the month before. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "Trump’s Approval Rating Steady Despite Shutdown, WSJ/NBC News Poll Says," 27 Jan. 2019

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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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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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