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[dis-uh-proov] /ˌdɪs əˈpruv/
verb (used with object), disapproved, disapproving.
to think (something) wrong or reprehensible; censure or condemn in opinion.
to withhold approval from; decline to sanction:
The Senate disapproved the nominations.
verb (used without object), disapproved, disapproving.
to have an unfavorable opinion; express disapproval (usually followed by of).
Origin of disapprove
First recorded in 1475-85; dis-1 + approve
Related forms
disapprover, noun
disapprovingly, adverb
postdisapproved, adjective
Can be confused
deny, disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute.
1. deplore, decry, criticize.
1. praise. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • M. de Rivarol, intrigued by his mirth, scowled upon him disapprovingly.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • “There must have been eggs in that hay,” said Twaddles disapprovingly.

  • "And you are keeping on drinking all the time, they say," said Foma, disapprovingly.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • The old whaler looked at him thoughtfully and disapprovingly.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The nurse looked at her disapprovingly, but after all it made little difference.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • "That ain't nice enough," said Gotobed, eyeing it disapprovingly.

    Mildred Keith

    Martha Finley
  • "I don't understand you lately, Sue," her aunt said disapprovingly, after this outburst.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • It belongs to Mr. Hastings, said the butler, eyeing the boys most disapprovingly.

    Peter Cotterell's Treasure Rupert Sargent Holland
British Dictionary definitions for disapprovingly


(intransitive) often foll by of. to consider wrong, bad, etc
(transitive) to withhold approval from
Derived Forms
disapproving, adjective
disapprovingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disapprovingly



late 15c., "disprove;" as the reverse of approve it is first attested 1640s. See dis- + approve. Related: Disapproved; disapproving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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