the act of approving; approbation.
formal permission or sanction.
Philately. one of a group of selected stamps sent by a dealer to a prospective customer for examination and either purchase or return.
Idioms about approval
on approval, without obligation to buy unless satisfactory to the customer upon trial or examination and, otherwise, returnable: We ship merchandise on approval.
- non·ap·prov·al, noun
- pre·ap·prov·al, noun
- pro·ap·prov·al, adjective
- re·ap·prov·al, noun
- self-ap·prov·al, noun
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How to use approval in a sentence
“The process of getting the approval is too slow and is too cumbersome,” Rogers said.
They would have to get court approval to re-home their children.
It was done after we had received a binding legal opinion from Justice and approval from the White House to proceed.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me | Kimberly Dozier | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Vreeland believes that in the end, his grandmother put her subtle seal of approval on his lifestyle.
He tried to contact a Health Republic doctor to overrule the nurse and get approval for payment.
At the store he would never have given in, but he was not accustomed to hearing so loud a murmur of approval greet the opposition.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
She pressed her hands tighter upon her bosom; her eyes sparkled with an odd approval of that brisk deed.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
I shall be glad if your Majesty is satisfied and pleased with it, as in all I desire to win your approval.
The socialist reads such criticism as the above with impatient approval.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
On September 17, the famous "Suffolk Resolves" were laid before the deputies for their approval.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
British Dictionary definitions for approval
the act of approving
formal agreement; sanction
a favourable opinion; commendation
on approval (of articles for sale) for examination with an option to buy or return
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Other Idioms and Phrases with approval
see on approval; seal of approval.
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