- the act of approving; approbation.
- formal permission or sanction.
- Philately. one of a group of selected stamps sent by a dealer to a prospective customer for examination and either purchase or return.
- on approval, without obligation to buy unless satisfactory to the customer upon trial or examination and, otherwise, returnable: We ship merchandise on approval.
Origin of approval
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It was done after we had received a binding legal opinion from Justice and approval from the White House to proceed.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me
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Vreeland believes that in the end, his grandmother put her subtle seal of approval on his lifestyle.From Fashion Player to Photographer Monk
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He tried to contact a Health Republic doctor to overrule the nurse and get approval for payment.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
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The writer has followed a rule but compromised clarity; whether the vote or the approval was immediate is ambiguous.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With
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The bill passed, and received the approval of the Queen, August 1, 1870.The Grand Old Man
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Christine saw his approval, and was happier than she had been for weeks.
He had put her aside without a qualm; and now he met her announcement with approval.
Then the conduct of the war did not at all meet the approval of Mr. Yates.
A man likes to have the approval of even the humblest of his fellow-creatures.
- the act of approving
- formal agreement; sanction
- a favourable opinion; commendation
- on approval (of articles for sale) for examination with an option to buy or return
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Word Origin and History for approval
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Idioms and Phrases with approval
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