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[ap-ruh-bey-shuh n] /ˌæp rəˈbeɪ ʃən/
approval; commendation.
official approval or sanction.
Obsolete. conclusive proof.
Origin of approbation
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin approbātiōn- (stem of approbātiō). See approbate, -ion
Related forms
preapprobation, noun
self-approbation, noun
subapprobation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-approbation
Historical Examples
  • I want no reward but self-approbation,—and yours, my beloved, too.

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

    Habits that Handicap Charles B. Towns
  • Every object was pleasing, for it shone with the reflected light of self-approbation.


    Mary Brunton
  • I had no solace from self-approbation: none even from self-respect.

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

    Wyandotte James Fenimore Cooper
  • 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
  • Exert yourself to obviate all humiliating surmises, and you will amply be repaid by the balm of self-approbation.'

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • 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
  • Would you know to what period I can look back with self-approbation, with thankfulness?

  • Did Mr. Clay choose to leave out all intellectual pleasures—all the pleasures of self-complacency, self-approbation, and sympathy?

British Dictionary definitions for self-approbation


commendation; praise
official recognition or approval
an obsolete word for proof
Derived Forms
approbative, approbatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-approbation



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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