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

Definition of disapproval

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 Tensions are high when the two families meet and learn to navigate their way through their initial disapproval of the relationship. Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 Though Whitmer has since vetoed some of the measures, Republicans are hoping to bypass her disapproval by proposing the others as petition drives instead. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 7 Dec. 2021 Cuomo’s overall approval/disapproval is underwater at 42%-55%, little changed from last month. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 1 July 2021 Censure is a formal statement of disapproval and does not remove a lawmaker from office. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2021 Lawmakers reserved the right to pass a motion of disapproval. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 And Lee didn’t stop with that single vote of disapproval. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2021 Among the topline numbers, according to USA Today/Suffolk University, are a 37.8% approval rating for Biden with a 59% disapproval – more than 21 points underwater. Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News, 17 Nov. 2021 Joe Biden had a 38% overall approval rating, with 53% disapproval. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021

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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 2022

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“Disapproval.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapproval. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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