Catsoulis aptly—and, I think, approvingly—calls this “a method that spits on context.”
Peter approvingly cites the refusal of A.B. Yehoshua and David Grossman to go speak in Ariel.
In which attitude, with Mrs. Vint patting him approvingly on the back, they were surprised by Paul Carrick.
"Certainly, sir," said the man respectfully, and Pinto eyed him approvingly.
"Ah; that proves you have a Kind Heart," remarked the Scarecrow, approvingly.
“You are not so badly off for brains,” said Rubi approvingly.
"Them's my sentiments," nodded Mr. Dibbs, approvingly, helping himself to more wine and pine-apple.
"It's just a peach of a fairyland," commented Chubbins, approvingly.
"Yes; that is all very nicely told," the old gentleman said approvingly.
Jake nodded at me approvingly and said you were likely to get diseases from foreigners.
c.1300, "to demonstrate, prove;" mid-14c., "to attest (something) with authority," from Old French aprover (Modern French approuver) "approve, agree to," from Latin approbare "to assent to as good, regard as good," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + probare "to try, test something (to find if it is good)," from probus "honest, genuine" (see prove).
The meaning extended late 14c. to "to sanction, endorse, confirm formally" then to "assent to (something) as good" (early 15c.), especially in reference to the actions of authorities, parliaments, etc. Related: Approved; approving.