rub·​ber-stamp | \ ˈrə-bər-ˈstamp How to pronounce rubber-stamp (audio) \
rubber-stamped; rubber-stamping; rubber-stamps

Definition of rubber-stamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to approve, endorse, or dispose of as a matter of routine or at the command of another
2 : to mark with a rubber stamp

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Definition of rubber stamp (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a stamp of rubber for making imprints
2a : a person who echoes or imitates others
b : a mostly powerless yet officially recognized body or person that approves or endorses programs and policies initiated usually by a single specified source the parliament was a rubber stamp for the dictator
3a : a stereotyped copy or expression the usual rubber stamps of criticism— H. L. Mencken
b : a routine endorsement or approval

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of rubber-stamp in a Sentence

Noun The legislature has been nothing more than a rubber stamp for the President. an author who was ultimately just another rubber stamp of Hemingway
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jack McGrail, executive director of the racing commission, said the agency is not a rubber stamp. oregonlive, "Return of horse racing makes for a crowded field in the contest for Oregon gambling dollar," 3 Apr. 2021 Those sanctioned include multiple senior members of the NPC, China's rubber stamp parliament, and law enforcement officials in Hong Kong. James Griffiths, CNN, "US sanctions 24 Hong Kong and Chinese officials ahead of Blinken meeting with Beijing," 17 Mar. 2021 The new rules, which are all but certain to be approved on Thursday by China’s rubber stamp legislature, effectively give Beijing direct say over who gets to run for elections in Hong Kong. Mary Hui, Quartz, "China has a gift for Hong Kong: authoritarian elections," 9 Mar. 2021 The city will not give the test this year, but only because an education panel that typically acts as a rubber stamp for City Hall took the extremely rare step of rejecting Mr. de Blasio’s plan to offer it. New York Times, "Chancellor of N.Y.C. Schools to Resign," 26 Feb. 2021 Nobody submitted public comments or protests before a Feb. 8 deadline — not an unusual occurrence for an approval process that climate activists say has traditionally served as a rubber stamp on gas exports. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How far will Biden go to fix the climate crisis? Pay attention to this gas project," 24 Feb. 2021 While the state Constitution places appointments in the governor’s hands, in practice the executive office acts as nothing more than a rubber stamp. Joseph Cranney, ProPublica, "South Carolina’s Governor Addresses Magistrate Judge Controversy by Urging Changes," 15 Jan. 2021 Danielson said that there's no reason for the City Council to rubber stamp anything. Sara Pagones | Staff Writer,, "Mandeville Council delays hiring mayor's choice for consulting engineer," 24 Nov. 2020 The pro-democracy lawmakers said the disqualifications would essentially turn Hong Kong’s government into a rubber stamp for Beijing’s policies. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Jack Ma’s stalled IPO is about more than Beijing saving face," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of rubber-stamp


1893, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rubber-stamp was in 1873

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“Rubber-stamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rubber-stamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

usually disapproving : to approve or allow (something) without seriously thinking about it

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English Language Learners Definition of rubber stamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small tool that consists of a handle attached to a piece of carved rubber and that is dipped in ink and then pressed on paper to print a date, name, symbol, etc.
disapproving : a person or organization that automatically approves everything that someone does or decides

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Kids Definition of rubber stamp

: a stamp with a printing face of rubber

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