- to approve officially.
Origin of approbate
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We pick and choose, take and leave, approbate and reprobate in a breath.Obiter Dicta
The Stadtholder was too wary a politician to approbate immediately so sweeping a proposal, and referred it to the States-General.
Among the adjectives similarly preserved are to whittle, to wilt and to approbate.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
- Scots law to accept as valid
- approbate and reprobate Scots law to accept part of a document and reject those parts unfavourable to one's interests
- mainly US to sanction officially
C15: from Latin approbāre to approve, from probāre to test
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Word Origin and History for approbate
late 15c., from Latin approbatus, past participle of approbare "to assent to (as good), favor" (see approve). Related: Approbated; approbating.
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