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

transitive verb

: to approve, endorse, or dispose of as a matter of routine or at the command of another
: to mark with a rubber stamp

rubber stamp

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: a stamp of rubber for making imprints
: a person who echoes or imitates others
: 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
: a stereotyped copy or expression
the usual rubber stamps of criticismH. L. Mencken
: a routine endorsement or approval

Example Sentences

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
The web passes between the two rollers at the center of the image, where the photopolymer coating is molded by a rubber stamp-like device and then quickly cured by a high-intensity UV light. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 But The Post found that the review process effectively amounts to a rubber stamp. Nate Jones, Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2022 For example, imagine a circular rubber stamp with various cartoon characters printed on it. Kelsey Houston-edwards, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2022 Each of those judges has already been appointed and confirmed — the public vote is one final rubber stamp. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Oct. 2022 Masters has tried to penetrate Kelly's independent image, calling him a rubber stamp for President Joe Biden who has failed to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and allowed inflation to run rampant. Jonathan J. Cooper, ajc, 6 Oct. 2022 But all those images came from the same location on the original rubber stamp. Kelsey Houston-edwards, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2022 King Charles' already undisputed claim to the throne got the royal rubber stamp when what’s known as the Accession Council proclaimed the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II the new monarch on Saturday. Elizabeth Kuhr, NBC News, 10 Sep. 2022 The constitutional court, which is seen as a rubber stamp for the Kremlin, would then approve the agreements, and they would be ratified by both chambers of Russia's parliament. Arkansas Online, 30 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1893, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near rubber-stamp

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rubber thread

Cite this Entry

“Rubber-stamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


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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