- approval; commendation.
- official approval or sanction.
- Obsolete. conclusive proof.
Origin of approbation
Examples from the Web for approbation
For them to take a name like that suggests not racism but approbation.Levon Helm of The Band: Obituary
April 19, 2012
There is a risk to all this approbation, of course, which is that we forget some of his failings.Must Reads: Madison’s Slaves, Pam Houston, and Alec Wilkinson
Eric Herschthal, Kevin Canfield, Nina MacLaughlin
February 23, 2012
The word “provocative” is often a term of approbation; here it is clearly intended pejoratively.Nick Kristof's Unhinged Attack on Ayaan Hirsi Ali
May 30, 2010
One of the things about elites is that they only care about the approbation of the members of their own elites.Charlie Wilson's CIA Adventures
February 11, 2010
They ask not for my approbation, intended, as it should seem, to suppose me into their will.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Had they not come that she might show off to them, and receive their approbation!
He seemed to have no inordinate desire for admiration or even for approbation.
I often saw him chuckling and rubbing his hands as if in approbation.The Bacillus of Beauty
Quicksilver looked at it with a smile, and nodded his approbation.The Gorgon's Head
- commendation; praise
- official recognition or approval
- an obsolete word for proof
Word Origin and History for approbation
late 14c., "proven effectiveness, excellence," from Old French aprobacion or directly from Latin approbationem (nominative approbatio) "an approval," noun of action from past participle stem of approbare (see approve). Meaning "approval, endorsement" is from early 15c.