[ ap-ruh-bey-tiv, uh-proh-buh- ]
/ ˈæp rəˌbeɪ tɪv, əˈproʊ bə- /


approving; expressing approbation.
Also ap·pro·ba·to·ry [uh-proh-buh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈproʊ bəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.

Origin of approbative

From the Medieval Latin word approbātīvus, dating back to 1605–15. See approbate, -ive

Related forms

ap·pro·ba·tive·ness, nounsub·ap·pro·ba·tive, adjectivesub·ap·pro·ba·tive·ness, nounsub·ap·pro·ba·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for approbative

  • 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
  • And the approbative shouts of his half-intoxicated auditors filled his simple soul with delight and pride.

    Almayer's Folly|Joseph Conrad