dis·ap·prov·al | \ˌdis-ə-ˈprü-vəl \

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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Since the initial blast from Durant’s shockwave, Silver seems to have evolved from disapproval to acceptance. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Two Years After Durant’s Decision, Adam Silver Changes Tune on Superteam Warriors," 11 July 2018 Now based in Montreal, Foroughi returned to Iran to realize this tale of a talented, 17-year-old violinist (Mahour Jabbari) coping with her mother’s disapproval, unreasoning school authority and increasing isolation. Pam Grady, SFChronicle.com, "Mahour Jabbari plays the title character in Sadaf Foroughi’s drama ‘Ava’," 5 July 2018 Even when parents don’t say so out loud, children know when failure to get an A results in parental disapproval. New York Times, "Preventing Suicide Among College Students," 2 July 2018 Censure is a formal disapproval of a member's actions. Sam Rosenstiel, Cincinnati.com, "'If you think Trump's got it bad...' Deer Park Councilman reprimanded for personal attacks: says move meant to humiliate," 28 June 2018 Legislation is worked out at the staff level and then knitted together at the end of either the recommendations or disapprovals of committee staffs. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "What are Dems to do about the SupCo?," 27 June 2018 Watching the President’s day unfold from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, most lawmakers at the Capitol spent time with advisers in person and on conference calls reviewing the first round of public polling, which showed widespread disapproval. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why Republican Lawmakers Aren't Backing Trump on Family Separations," 20 June 2018 The Internet Association, the lobbying force representing many large technology companies, had expressed its disapproval for the ballot measure. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "California passes digital privacy bill that could have impact across U.S.," 28 June 2018 Van Der Beek also used the platform to voice his disapproval of children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling on President Trump and Congress to do something. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "James Van Der Beek shares photo of wife's placenta: 'Word of caution, if you’re squeamish'," 19 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of disapproval

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

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