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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The poll found Lam’s approval rating is 23 percent with a disapproval rate of 67 percent. Washington Post, "Hong Kong protesters appeal for international pressure on China at G-20," 27 June 2019 Their comments, which elicited boos from the audience and disapproval from other panelists, were endorsed by many Republican lawmakers on the House subcommittee. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "America is having an unprecedented debate about reparations. What comes next?," 20 June 2019 And there’s ample reason to at least be skeptical, of course, beginning with the president’s 40-ish approval rating and mid-50s disapproval rating in the Centennial State. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: Behind the scenes at a Colorado GOP training session with Trump supporters," 20 June 2019 Surprisingly, several other Reddit users shared that this theory could be accurate, as Mrs. Putnam has shown some disapproval of Gilead. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "All of the Craziest ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Fan Theories From Season 3," 12 June 2019 Since January, approval has fallen by 12 points and disapproval risen by 10. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: Wow — California’s Legislature is even less popular with voters than Trump," 7 June 2019 Whether raucous disapproval is always the most effective tool, however, especially when your opponent is as loud as President Trump, is open to debate. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Royal Treatment," 4 June 2019 Self-doubt, disapproval from others, and worry that work is interfering with their children’s well-being leave them feeling inadequate and guilt-ridden. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "I'm a Working Mom—How Do I Not Feel Guilty?," 6 Nov. 2018 In recent weeks, Biden has faced an intensifying wave of disapproval — both direct and indirect — from his rivals for the nomination. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "Beto O'Rourke: U.S. can do 'far better' than Biden," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of disapproval

1649, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jul 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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