Definition of approbation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌaprəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun] formal
Approval or praise: a term of approbation
More example sentences
  • His participation in the parade implies acceptance, approval, approbation.
  • The end result is an unremarkable, unmemorable movie that deserves neither praise nor approbation.
  • There are no prizes for guessing what value he places on each: bourgeois is always a term of abuse, revolutionary almost always a term of approbation.
approval, acceptance, assent, endorsement, encouragement, recognition, appreciation, support, respect, admiration, commendation, congratulations;
praise, acclamation, adulation, regard, esteem, veneration, kudos, applause, ovation, accolades, salutes, plaudits
rare laudation



Pronunciation: /ˈaprəbeɪtɪv/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈaprəˌbeɪtəri/
Example sentences
  • 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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