- to think (something) wrong or reprehensible; censure or condemn in opinion.
- to withhold approval from; decline to sanction: The Senate disapproved the nominations.
- to have an unfavorable opinion; express disapproval (usually followed by of).
Origin of disapprove
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1. deplore, decry, criticize.
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Examples from the Web for disapprove
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
Some believe you need to be taught to disapprove of her morals and ethics.My Commencement Speech to Rutgers’ Geniuses: Go Forth and Fail
P. J. O’Rourke
May 18, 2014
So why do we still love her but disapprove of all things GOOP?Why Do We Love Gisele Bundchen but Hate Gwyneth Paltrow?
May 15, 2014
Women (53 percent) and suburbanites (58 percent) now disapprove of him, according to the latest CNN poll.Obama’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year
November 26, 2013
The cherry on top for him: almost three quarters, 72 percent, disapprove of congressional Republicans.The Obama Charm Offensive: Inside His Session with the House GOP
March 14, 2013
You have never been to the theatre, you say, and yet you disapprove of it.Life in London
I think, my dear mother, you would not disapprove of her as a daughter.Lady Susan
By which is implied a right to disapprove, if they think fit.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
I know you well enough to realize that you do not disapprove of what I am doing.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
And though I disapprove of your husband's doings, you know I would not willingly do him any harm?The Eternal City
- (intr often foll by of) to consider wrong, bad, etc
- (tr) to withhold approval from
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Word Origin and History for disapprove
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