[ap-ruh-bey-shuh n]


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 formspre·ap·pro·ba·tion, nounself-ap·pro·ba·tion, nounsub·ap·pro·ba·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for approbation

Contemporary Examples of approbation

Historical Examples of approbation

  • They ask not for my approbation, intended, as it should seem, to suppose me into their will.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Had they not come that she might show off to them, and receive their approbation!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • He seemed to have no inordinate desire for admiration or even for approbation.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • I often saw him chuckling and rubbing his hands as if in approbation.

  • Quicksilver looked at it with a smile, and nodded his approbation.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for approbation



commendation; praise
official recognition or approval
an obsolete word for proof
Derived Formsapprobative or approbatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for 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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