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

rubber stamp


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

Synonyms for rubber-stamp

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 Yet even with a legislature that is trending toward a rubber stamp, there are certain issues that cannot be quickly or easily solved. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 25 May 2022 Indeed, in Baseball, the appeal is a far cry from a rubber stamp. Marc Edelman, Forbes, 1 May 2022 The folks behind Laurelhurst Market were the first to bite, opening a Big’s Chicken outpost in a former rubber stamp shop in 2018. oregonlive, 12 May 2022 The rubber stamp is available in two sizes and comes with an ink pad. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Wednesday's Supreme Court order showed that the justices weren't going to be willing to rubber stamp any legal challenge to the committee's work. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, 20 Jan. 2022 The judge is not a rubber stamp for the prosecutor. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 22 Mar. 2022 The project is subject to a full council vote Wednesday, but with every member of council on the budget committee, that vote will essentially be a rubber stamp. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, 23 Mar. 2022 And then it will be sent back to the House for, effectively, a rubber stamp of approval -- a move that seems certain to further alienate AOC and her liberal colleagues from the process. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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Kids Definition of rubber stamp

: a stamp with a printing face of rubber

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