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 for rubber-stamp

Synonyms: Noun

aper, copycat, copyist, echo, follower, imitator, wannabe (also wannabee)

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Examples of rubber-stamp in a Sentence


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

There is no objectivity in this county budget proposal as witnessed by the rubber stamp from the county board. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Another tax increase? I’m done!," 11 Aug. 2019 Deal nearly falls apart Sandbrook expected his months of expansion legwork on behalf of the Pac-8 to pay off with a rubber stamp unanimous approval from the presidents/chancellors at a Dec. 13, 1976, meeting in San Francisco. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Reluctant to leave WAC, Arizona State has Arizona to thank for pushing move into Pac-8," 22 June 2019 Some rubber stamps go missing from the office one night, and the new boy is the prime suspect. María Gainza, Harper's magazine, "Both Sides Now," 10 May 2019 Your periodic reminder that Trump's culture of open corruption could not happen without a GOP rubber stamp Congress. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke to the oil and gas industry: “Our government should work for you”," 21 Sep. 2018 For countries that were under Moscow’s sway for decades after World War II and continue to face pressure from their huge eastern neighbor, putting a rubber stamp on Trump’s coziness to Putin might seem paradoxical, even shocking. Michal Kranz, Vox, "Why Eastern European countries aren’t attacking Trump over NATO," 26 July 2018 The three-term incumbent countered that Hutchison was a rubber stamp for Donald Trump. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Sen. Maria Cantwell, Susan Hutchison draw sharp, partisan contrasts in first U.S. Senate debate," 8 Oct. 2018 Senate Democrats threatened to filibuster Kavanaugh's nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court, accusing him of being a political operative and rubber stamp for Bush. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Winners and losers from Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination," 10 July 2018 China’s national parliament gave its rubber stamp of approval to a dizzying overhaul that will reverberate through the world’s second-largest economy for years., "Xi Is Just Getting Started After China’s Biggest Government Shakeup in Years," 20 Mar. 2018

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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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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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