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[ap-ruh-bey-shuh n]
  1. approval; commendation.
  2. official approval or sanction.
  3. Obsolete. conclusive proof.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • You say I am given to be enthusiastic in my approbations, but she is really charming.

    The History of Emily Montague

    Frances Brooke

  • From the dates of the approbations it would appear that the first edition was issued in 1751 or 1752.

  • With the suggestions and approbations received from all these representative men he was not yet content.

  • To these two approbations I truly add my own, which, 'sans vanite', may perhaps be near as good as the other two.

British Dictionary definitions for approbations


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



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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