approbation

[ ap-ruh-bey-shuhn ]
/ ˌæp rəˈbeɪ ʃən /

noun

approval; commendation.
official approval or sanction.
Obsolete. conclusive proof.

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Origin of approbation

1350–1400; Middle English (<Middle French ) <Latin approbātiōn- (stem of approbātiō). See approbate, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM approbation

pre·ap·pro·ba·tion, nounself-ap·pro·ba·tion, nounsub·ap·pro·ba·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for approbation

approbation
/ (ˌæprəˈbeɪʃən) /

noun

commendation; praise
official recognition or approval
an obsolete word for proof

Derived forms of approbation

approbative or approbatory, adjective
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