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[ap-ruh-bey-tiv, uh-proh-buh-]
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  1. approving; expressing approbation.
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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 formsap·pro·ba·tive·ness, nounsub·ap·pro·ba·tive, adjectivesub·ap·pro·ba·tive·ness, nounsub·ap·pro·ba·to·ry, adjective
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Related Words for approbative

appreciative, congratulatory, respectful, polite, sympathetic, positive, encouraging, benign, agreeable, supportive, flattering, acclamatory, approbatory, commendatory, adulatory, approbative, encomiastic, eulogistic, laudative, panegyrical

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Historical Examples of 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