rubber-stamp

1 of 2

verb

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

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

2 of 2

noun

1
: a stamp of rubber for making imprints
2
a
: 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
3
a
: a stereotyped copy or expression
the usual rubber stamps of criticismH. L. Mencken
b
: a routine endorsement or approval

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
Verb
But since the 1990s, when Democrat Bill Clinton was president, conservatives have increasingly complained that judges were rubber-stamping new federal regulations. David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2024 And many say their view that results can’t be trusted should be reason enough not to rubber-stamp local vote counts. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, 26 June 2024
Noun
Such committees can be used to essentially rubber stamp factory decisions, such as an employee committee in Sri Lanka that agreed to unfavorable terms for overtime pay. Jasmin Malik Chua, Sourcing Journal, 3 Sep. 2019 His new book challenges simplistic interpretations of Thailand’s judges and courts as mere rubber stamps. Duncan McCargo, Foreign Affairs, 11 Aug. 2020 See all Example Sentences for rubber-stamp 

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rubber-stamp was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Rubber-stamp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rubber-stamp. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

rubber-stamp

1 of 2 verb
: to approve, endorse, or dispose of as a matter of routine or at the command of another

rubber stamp

2 of 2 noun
: a stamp with a printing face made of rubber

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