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approbation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Approbation  \Ap`pro*ba"tion\,  n.  [L.  approbatio:  cf  F. 
  approbation.  See  {Approve}  to  prove.] 
  1.  Proof;  attestation.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  2.  The  act  of  approving;  an  assenting  to  the  propriety  of  a 
  thing  with  some  degree  of  pleasure  or  satisfaction; 
  approval;  sanction;  commendation. 
 
  Many  .  .  .  joined  in  a  loud  hum  of  approbation. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  The  silent  approbation  of  one's  own  breast. 
  --Melmoth. 
 
  Animals  .  .  .  love  approbation  or  praise.  --Darwin. 
 
  3.  Probation  or  novitiate.  [Obs.] 
 
  This  day  my  sister  should  the  cloister  enter  And 
  there  receive  her  approbation.  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  Approval;  liking;  sanction;  consent;  concurrence. 
 
  Usage:  {Approbation},  {Approval}.  Approbation  and  approval 
  have  the  same  general  meaning,  assenting  to  or 
  declaring  as  good,  sanction,  commendation;  but 
  approbation  is  stronger  and  more  positive.  ``We  may  be 
  anxious  for  the  approbation  of  our  friends;  but  we 
  should  be  still  more  anxious  for  the  approval  of  our 
  own  consciences.''  ``He  who  is  desirous  to  obtain 
  universal  approbation  will  learn  a  good  lesson  from 
  the  fable  of  the  old  man  and  his  ass.''  ``The  work  has 
  been  examined  by  several  excellent  judges,  who  have 
  expressed  their  unqualified  approval  of  its  plan  and 
  execution.'' 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  approbation 
  n  1:  official  approval 
  2:  official  recognition  or  approval  [ant:  {disapprobation}] 




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