rubber-stamp

verb rub·ber-stamp \ ˈrə-bər-ˈstamp \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of rubber-stamp

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

First Known Use of rubber-stamp

1893


rubber stamp

noun

Definition of rubber stamp

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 criticism
  • —H. L. Mencken
b :a routine endorsement or approval

rubber-stamp

play \ˈrə-bər-ˈstamp\ adjective

Examples of rubber stamp in a Sentence

  1. The legislature has been nothing more than a rubber stamp for the President.

  2. an author who was ultimately just another rubber stamp of Hemingway

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First Known Use of rubber stamp

1873

rubber stamp Synonyms


RUBBER-STAMP Defined for English Language Learners

rubber-stamp

verb

Definition of rubber-stamp for English Language Learners

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


rubber stamp

noun

Definition of rubber stamp for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RUBBER-STAMP Defined for Kids

rubber stamp

noun

Definition of rubber stamp for Students

:a stamp with a printing face of rubber


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