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[ap-ruh-bey-tiv, uh-proh-buh-] /ˈæp rəˌbeɪ tɪv, əˈproʊ bə-/
approving; expressing approbation.
Also, approbatory
[uh-proh-buh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈproʊ bəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
Origin of approbative
From the Medieval Latin word approbātīvus, dating back to 1605-15. See approbate, -ive
Related forms
approbativeness, noun
subapprobative, adjective
subapprobativeness, noun
subapprobatory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A small victory thus won acts on them like the good dinner to the Alimentive man, or flattery to the approbative person.

    The Psychology of Salesmanship

    William Walker Atkinson
  • And the approbative shouts of his half-intoxicated auditors filled his simple soul with delight and pride.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad

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