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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Ballots offer only the option of approval or disapproval and candidates generally receive more than 95 percent of the votes in their favor. Michael Weissenstein And Andrea Rodriguez, chicagotribune.com, "Miguel Diaz-Canel becomes Cuba's first leader outside Castro dynasty in nearly six decades," 19 Apr. 2018 The president has 56 percent approval and 40 percent disapproval. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 10 most important Senate elections, briefly explained," 18 Sep. 2018 In the Quinnipiac poll, Cuomo had 56 percent approval and 15 percent disapproval in February 2011. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Andrew Cuomo overstates his record on same-sex marriage," 15 June 2018 The latest Fox News poll asks voters to explain in their own words what is behind their approval or disapproval of the president. Dana Blanton, Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Record approval of Trump on economy, optimism on North Korea," 15 June 2018 The difference between approval and disapproval is actually higher for Jones - 22 points - than Shelby at 21 points. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Approval ratings for Alabama Senators Doug Jones, Richard Shelby," 13 Apr. 2018 Another thing to keep in mind in a low-turnout midterm election year is that intensity of approval and disapproval matters more than in a high-turnout presidential year. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Are Trump’s Approval Ratings on the Rise?," 28 Mar. 2018 Trump, meanwhile, is wildly unpopular with Democrats at 13 percent approval and 84 percent disapproval. Seth A. Richardson, cleveland.com, "Poll shows Richard Cordray narrowly leading wide-open Democratic race, DeWine up big," 25 Jan. 2018 Many fans shared gifs showing their disapproval of the comparison. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Nicki Minaj criticized after comparing herself to Harriet Tubman," 21 Aug. 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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