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: 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 But the council has long been characterized as a rubber stamp for powerful mayors. Mick Dumke, ProPublica, "When Is a Meeting Not a Meeting and a Lawmaker Not a Lawmaker? When It’s Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago.," 24 Sep. 2020 By its very definition, the job of a deliberative body is to deliberate, not to be a rubber stamp or a slave to process. Michael Ryan, Star Tribune, "It's the GOP Senate's right and duty to replace Ginsburg," 22 Sep. 2020 Instead, the Government invokes a parade of false formalities that would reduce this Court to a rubber stamp. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Outside counsel urges Flynn judge to deny DOJ motion to dismiss case," 11 Sep. 2020 Brown is back and looking to put the rubber stamp on an incredible career that includes breaking most of the Blazers’ rushing records. Evan Dudley, al, "UAB fall camp position breakdown: Running backs," 18 Aug. 2020 During the argument, some circuit judges took umbrage at this image of the lower court reduced to a rubber stamp. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "He’ll Eventually Prevail, but Flynn Stands to Lose the Mandamus Fight," 15 Aug. 2020 The Division I Council will meet again Aug. 19, while the Division I Board of Directors is expected to rubber stamp the recommendations no later than Aug. 21. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "What is Utah’s eligibility situation with sports postponed? The NCAA helped, but questions remain," 13 Aug. 2020 His vice president will not just be a Biden rubber stamp, but a guiding force in his administration, and potentially his replacement. S.e. Cupp Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "My uncharacteristic vote for the Democratic ticket hinges on Biden's VP pick," 7 Aug. 2020 The diploma handed to me months earlier was a meaningless rubber stamp on an inconsistent, uninspired undergraduate performance. Lee Shapiro, Quartz at Work, "We are all in the class of Covid-19, graduation TBD," 12 June 2020

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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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“Rubber-stamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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