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 tragedy comes after Eilish expressed her disapproval of Mongeau's rapid engagement to controversial social media star Jake Paul. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Billie Eilish Unfollowed YouTuber Tana Mongeau on Instagram & She Made a 15-Minute Video About It," 4 Sep. 2019 Two weeks ago, Trump wavered in his response to the divisive cries, letting the chant roll at the rally, expressing disapproval about it the next day and later retreating from those concerns. Jonathan Lemire And Dan Sewell, chicagotribune.com, "At Cincinnati rally, Trump tears into Democratic foils, decries ‘wasted money’ on inner cities," 1 Aug. 2019 Many other users agreed with Chu's sentiment, commenting on the post and expressing their disapproval of the restaurant's decision to donate to Trump. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan restaurant chain Anna's House under fire from customers for donations to Trump," 19 Sep. 2018 According to the poll, Trump saw a 30-point swing toward disapproval in New Mexico and a 26-point negative swing in Arizona. Justin Sink, Fortune, "Trump’s Approval Rating Drops in Swing States," 27 Aug. 2019 Britain’s Johnson, whose main priority is taking his country out of the European Union, has counted on Trump’s support of his nationalist agenda amid wider European disapproval. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump at the G-7: Seven ways to see his weekend," 26 Aug. 2019 But on April 5, after nearly five years of being an on-paper success story, Gaskin felt the first jolt of public disapproval when the New London police department arrested him. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Courant investigation: New London hired, promoted and allowed employees arrested in sexual assault investigation to work directly with children despite troubled pasts," 23 Aug. 2019 Hue appreciates the sentiment, but his head moves back and forth as his wife talks, reflexively signaling disapproval. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "“I Failed Tremendously”: Hue Jackson on the Blues After the Browns," 22 Aug. 2019 Many Democratic presidential candidates showed disapproval of Israel barring Democrat Reps. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democrats rally to Tlaib, Omar over Israel ban," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of disapproval

1649, in the meaning defined above

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13 Sep 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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