[ ap-ruh-bey-tiv, uh-proh-buh- ]
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  1. approving; expressing approbation.

Origin of approbative

From the Medieval Latin word approbātīvus, dating back to 1605–15. See approbate, -ive
  • Also ap·pro·ba·to·ry [uh-proh-buh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]. /əˈproʊ bəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.

Other words from approbative

  • ap·pro·ba·tive·ness, noun
  • sub·ap·pro·ba·tive, adjective
  • sub·ap·pro·ba·tive·ness, noun
  • sub·ap·pro·ba·to·ry, adjective

Words Nearby approbative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use approbative in a sentence

  • As she leaned forward listening, with her lips slightly parted, Margaret gave an unconscious little approbative nod of the head.

    The Stillwater Tragedy | Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • Bartrow looked him up and down with a smile which was grimly approbative.

    The Helpers | Francis Lynde
  • And the approbative shouts of his half-intoxicated auditors filled his simple soul with delight and pride.

    Almayer's Folly | Joseph Conrad
  • A small victory thus won acts on them like the good dinner to the Alimentive man, or flattery to the approbative person.

    The Psychology of Salesmanship | William Walker Atkinson