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approbation

[ap-ruh-bey-shuh n] /ˌæp rəˈbeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
approval; commendation.
2.
official approval or sanction.
3.
Obsolete. conclusive proof.
Origin of approbation
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin approbātiōn- (stem of approbātiō). See approbate, -ion
Related forms
preapprobation, noun
self-approbation, noun
subapprobation, noun
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Examples from the Web for self-approbation
Historical Examples
  • I had no solace from self-approbation: none even from self-respect.

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • I want no reward but self-approbation,—and yours, my beloved, too.

  • I will go out and tell the truth; then we shall, at least, have the security of self-approbation.

    Wyandotte James Fenimore Cooper
  • Every object was pleasing, for it shone with the reflected light of self-approbation.

    Discipline Mary Brunton
  • This sense of self-approbation is very characteristic of the alcoholic.

    Habits that Handicap Charles B. Towns
  • Exert yourself to obviate all humiliating surmises, and you will amply be repaid by the balm of self-approbation.'

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • She was merely carried off her feet by vain love of self-approbation, which led her far beyond the bounds of honourable prudence.

    The Tragedy of St. Helena Walter Runciman
  • A little glow of self-approbation suddenly prompted him to add: You know, I know about it now.

    The Dull Miss Archinard Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • With the compressed lips of self-approbation she deftly assisted her mistress to swathe her head in the mantilla-like veil.

    Red Masquerade Louis Joseph Vance
  • Would you know to what period I can look back with self-approbation, with thankfulness?

British Dictionary definitions for self-approbation

approbation

/ˌæprəˈbeɪʃən/
noun
1.
commendation; praise
2.
official recognition or approval
3.
an obsolete word for proof
Derived Forms
approbative, approbatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-approbation

approbation

n.

late 14c., "proven effectiveness, excellence," from Old French aprobacion or directly from Latin approbationem (nominative approbatio) "an approval," noun of action from past participle stem of approbare (see approve). Meaning "approval, endorsement" is from early 15c.

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