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 If that doesn’t change in the days leading up to November 12th, the judge more than likely will give it the rubber stamp. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 30 Sep. 2021 On Wednesday the 10 conference commissioners plus Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick met and decided to kick the can down the road rather than rubber stamp the proposal as had been expected months earlier. John Talty |, al, 23 Sep. 2021 Instead, the board also voted 4-1 to rubber stamp the agreement. oregonlive, 27 July 2021 The Board didn’t rubber stamp the extension and expects a more detailed report next meeting. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 Lamb has voted 93% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and will be a rubber stamp for the dangerous liberal policies. Eric Bradner, CNN, 6 Aug. 2021 On Wednesday, Canada’s Parliament passed a law, now awaiting a final rubber stamp, to extend those measures nationwide. New York Times, 17 June 2021 Stinson, though, said the determination of whether these shootings are justified has often been more of a rubber stamp than a thorough probe. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2021 That works out to be near the highest amount (in round numbers) that Team Biden can rubber stamp without Congress. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2021

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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 23 Oct. 2021.

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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

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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.
: 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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