Definition of approbation in English:


Line breaks: ap¦pro|ba¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌaprəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun] formal



Pronunciation: /ˈaprəbeɪtɪv/
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  • Of these three kinds of ethics the third, the approbative, is the one held in situation ethics.
  • If I were someone else, likely the first approbative thing I'd say is, ‘I really like his cooking.’
  • If otherwise, it is vaguely approbative, with the implication, as to the work approved, of some pleasing archaeological reconstruction.


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  • Perhaps someday it will return to Victoria's inner harbour and enlighten the city with approbatory friendly fire in greedy pursuit of our oil, gas, and fresh water.
  • The special wine stored in Odysseus's palace against his return is described in approbatory fashion as ‘aged’; and the wine that Nestor brings out in honor of Telemachos is, we are told, 11 years old.
  • Here, ‘diamond’ is approbatory, so the overall sense is ‘a good sort’.


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin approbatio(n-), from the verb approbare (see approbate).

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