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

Example Sentences

I could sense her disapproval. They made their disapproval of our behavior very clear.
Recent Examples on the Web Russia’s prime minister signed a set of agreements with China on Wednesday during a trip to Beijing, describing bilateral ties at an unprecedented high, despite disapproval from the West of their relationship as the war in Ukraine dragged on. Reuters, NBC News, 24 May 2023 Only a little over a year earlier, Ukrainian disapproval derailed a visit to Kyiv by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier over his past warm relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a snub Scholz described as irritating. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2023 Goodell then claimed Trotter’s outspoken disapproval of the league’s hiring practices had nothing to do with his loss of employment. Tyler Dragon, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2023 The veteran Scottish actor, who plays patriarch Logan Roy on the hit HBO series, has publicly expressed his disapproval of the immersive acting approach ever since the viral New Yorker profile on his co-star Jeremy Strong, who plays his onscreen son Kendall Roy, first made headlines in 2021. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Mar. 2023 But he was dogged by rumors of the princes’ deaths and disapproval of his usurpation of Edward V’s crown. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Mar. 2023 Sathyamurthy shakes his head in disapproval and says there’s an urgent need to address the threat to the groves. Mahima Jain, WIRED, 18 Mar. 2023 These actions marked the first time since 1991 that Congress nullified the capital city’s laws through the disapproval process – and a shift in the Democratic position that the federal government should let D.C. govern itself. Julia Musto, Fox News, 21 Mar. 2023 Advocates are already planning more action to protest the disapproval resolution targeting the policing bill. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disapproval was in 1649

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“Disapproval.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapproval. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


dis·​ap·​prov·​al ˌdis-ə-ˈprü-vəl How to pronounce disapproval (audio)
: the act of disapproving : the state of being disapproved
frowned in disapproval
: unfavorable opinion or judgment : criticism
the plan met with disapproval

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