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 In what has become 2020’s first great meme, Hanks’ features don’t convey disapproval so much as surprise, mixed with tired resignation. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "The 2020 Golden Globes Took One Step Forward, Five Steps Back," 7 Jan. 2020 And like the decision to tie the knot, the reasoning for Mr. Cuomo’s disapproval — signed on Friday — was distinctly personal. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "Cuomo Blocks Judges Picked by Trump From Officiating Weddings in N.Y.," 24 Dec. 2019 Soering initially pleaded guilty, saying he was motivated by the disapproval of Haysom’s parents. Fox News, "Son of German ex-diplomat deported after being paroled for US double murder," 18 Dec. 2019 But the challenges that come with a 31-year age gap, the disapproval of his only daughter and unanswered questions about Rosemarie’s past threaten to cut Big Ed’s fairytale romance short. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days to Feature First Same-Sex Couple in Season 4," 17 Dec. 2019 Each time, a Republican senator objected, citing White House disapproval. Matthew Daly, chicagotribune.com, "On its fourth try and after a social media boost from Kim Kardashian West, Senate backs measure affirming century-old Armenian genocide," 12 Dec. 2019 That’s a decline from April, when the law was drawing slightly more approval than disapproval. BostonGlobe.com, "Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax has wide support, except among one group - The Boston Globe," 1 Dec. 2019 And it isn’t lost on me that one’s perceived sexuality plays a large part in the disapproval of certain styles. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "What I Double-Tapped This Weekend: The Braid Debate," 25 Nov. 2019 Voters approved of his handling of the economy by 55% to 43% disapproval. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette Poll shows support for impeachment has slipped in Wisconsin as Trump leads 4 top Democratic rivals," 20 Nov. 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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disapproval.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapproval. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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