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[dis-uh-proo-vuh l] /ˌdɪs əˈpru vəl/
the act or state of disapproving; a condemnatory feeling, look, or utterance; censure:
stern disapproval.
Origin of disapproval
First recorded in 1655-65; dis-1 + approval
Related forms
self-disapproval, noun
disapprobation, dislike, condemnation. Unabridged
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  • She looked at K. defiantly, but there was no disapproval in his eyes.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She went out of the room with disapproval in every line of her back.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But the shack filled with his disapproval of her reluctance to free him from his promise.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • He looked with interest and curiosity and some disapproval at the couple.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • That surely would have been sufficient indication of their disapproval.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for disapproval


the act or a state or feeling of disapproving; censure; condemnation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disapproval

1660s; see disapprove + -al (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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