dis·​ap·​prov·​al | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈprü-vəl How to pronounce disapproval (audio) \

Definition of disapproval

Examples of disapproval in a Sentence

I could sense her disapproval. They made their disapproval of our behavior very clear.
Recent Examples on the Web Melissa Jablonicky, another neighbor, also shared her disapproval of the plans. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2022 His disapproval rating this year is at 37%, up from 20 percent last July. Ron Kampeas, Sun Sentinel, 14 Apr. 2022 Disick's stance on Kardashian and Barker having a baby isn't surprising given his disapproval of Kardashian dating and marrying Barker period. ELLE, 30 Mar. 2022 Zoë Kravitz has shared her disapproval of Will Smith’s controversial evening at the Oscars on Sunday, in which the actor walked onto the ceremony stage and slapped Chris Rock after the comedian said a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 29 Mar. 2022 Lin, who is Taiwanese-American, was born in Torrance, Calif., and the suggestion that Lin’s country was not the United States was met with disapproval on social media. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Consumers watching the horrific humanitarian toll of Russia’s assault on its neighbor have registered their disapproval of those businesses remaining in Russia, vowing boycotts on social media. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 His disapproval rating overall in the average of polls is about 51%, which makes for a net approval rating of -9 points. Harry Enten, CNN, 13 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, the Animation Guild, which represents many Disney employees, voiced its own disapproval. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disapproval

1649, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disapproval was in 1649

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16 May 2022

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“Disapproval.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapproval. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for disapproval


dis·​ap·​prov·​al | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈprü-vəl How to pronounce disapproval (audio) \

Kids Definition of disapproval

: the feeling of not liking or agreeing with something or someone

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