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.

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Her disapproval rating grew to 47% from 41% the month before. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "Trump’s Approval Rating Steady Despite Shutdown, WSJ/NBC News Poll Says," 27 Jan. 2019 Thus, the decision to go ahead with managing Fred's injury despite being unable to identify a specific recovery time has led to widespread disapproval following Brazil's early exit from the competition. SI.com, "Tite Reveals Why Man Utd New Boy Failed to Make an Appearance During Brazil's World Cup Campaign," 7 July 2018 The defender brought him to the ground at the right corner of the penalty arc and was pinged to the crowd's raucous disapproval. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo suffer shutout loss to Revolution," 31 Mar. 2018 Shortly after Becca Cosmetics announced the launch of the Skin Love collection, excitement about the brand delving into skin care and skin-centric makeup turned to bewilderment and disapproval over one of the images in the campaign. Marci Robin, Allure, "Becca Responds to Accusations That It Darkened a Model's Hand for the Skin Love Campaign," 11 Aug. 2018 Huey's racist mother, played here by Nancy Wagner, shatters the precious disc to show her disapproval of an interracial relationship. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "With a talented young cast, set in the early days of rock 'n' roll, 'Memphis' just works," 25 Apr. 2018 California Coastal Commission staff is showing early disapproval of Newport Beach's proposal to put control of certain in-water development permits in the city's hands. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Coastal Commission staff is cool to Newport’s bid for a port master plan," 12 Apr. 2018 After a controversial ending to Tuesday night's (Apr. 3) game against the Florida Panthers, Underwood took to twitter to show her disapproval. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Carrie Underwood Was Not Happy About a Blown Call at a Predators Game," 4 Apr. 2018 While Trump remains popular in parts of Pennsylvania, Republicans say their internal polls show deep disapproval in the suburbs — and the same actions that thrill his base have stirred intense Democratic turnout in elections. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "Rep. Ryan Costello retirement adds to opportunities for Democrats across Philadelphia region," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of disapproval

1649, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce disapproval (audio) \

Kids Definition of disapproval

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

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