rub·​ber-stamp | \ˈrə-bər-ˈstamp \
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

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rubber-stamp \ ˈrə-​bər-​ˈstamp \ adjective

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

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 Top financial and economic officials are expected to be reshuffled by the rubber stamp legislature, which Bloomberg reported last month might also enact a merger of the banking and insurance regulators., "Trump: Will Be Putting in a Lot More Circuit Judges," 23 Feb. 2018 Judge Kavanaugh would also act as a rubber stamp for President Trump’s fraud and abuse. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Yale Law Students and Alumni Denounce School's Support of Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 But then, both have largely been rubber stamps on Trump’s cabinet and judicial appointees. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Fate of Abortion Rights in America May Now Lie With These Senators," 27 June 2018 Tuesday’s vote at the National Assembly, which is widely regarded as a rubber stamp for the government, was conducted amid strict security, with police placing barricades at the roads leading to the building. James Hookway, WSJ, "Vietnam Tightens Grip on Internet With Data-Storage Law," 12 June 2018 Meanwhile, the county commission has ended up playing rubber stamp to expedited deals without proper vetting, as in the case of the American Dream mega mall in Northwest Miami-Dade. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Miami’s charismatic new mayor wants more power. But is that a good thing? | Miami Herald," 3 May 2018 As a result, the A Team was probably ill prepared to learn early on that neither Congress nor the courts would rubber stamp the president’s agenda. Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, Washington Post, "Trump set a record for White House staff turnover in the first year," 16 Jan. 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)

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

rubber stamp


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.

: 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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