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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But Barr took to Twitter to express her disapproval in how the show finished off her character. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "People Have a Lot of Thoughts About How The Conners Killed Off Roseanne," 17 Oct. 2018 And for a majority of the public, such scandals only fortify their preexisting disapproval of the president. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Here’s Why Trump’s Approval Rating Has Gone Up," 16 May 2018 Flaunting’ has an undertone of disapproval, as though these women are flaunting their sexuality as much as the pregnancy itself. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Get ready for the tabloid headlines about Meghan Markle “flaunting her baby bump”," 15 Oct. 2018 News of Salah’s disapproval of Kadyrov’s actions leaked out just after the Egyptian squad left Grozny. Washington Post, "Sources: Salah considering retiring from national team," 24 June 2018 His remarks did not go down well with several former United States national team players, who voiced various levels of disapproval. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Landon Donovan may be rooting for Mexico in the World Cup, but its fans still hate him," 18 June 2018 There will be hurt feelings and opinions of disapproval, both expressed and unexpressed. Marinel De Jesus, Outside Online, "Outdoor Companies: Get Smart About Hiring," 8 June 2018 The Senate will have to vote on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval, which would nullify the Federal Communications Commission's December 2017 vote to repeal the nation's net neutrality rules. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Senate will vote to kill or keep net neutrality rules by June 12," 9 May 2018 Passed in 1996, the Congressional Review Act (or CRA) gives Congress the power to reverse any federal regulation by passing a joint resolution of disapproval within 60 legislative days of enactment. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Everything you need to know about the net neutrality resolution coming to Congress next week," 3 May 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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