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approval

[ uh-proo-vuhl ]
/ əˈpru vəl /
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noun

the act of approving; approbation.
formal permission or sanction.
Philately. one of a group of selected stamps sent by a dealer to a prospective customer for examination and either purchase or return.

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Idioms for approval

    on approval, without obligation to buy unless satisfactory to the customer upon trial or examination and, otherwise, returnable: We ship merchandise on approval.

Origin of approval

First recorded in 1680–90; approve + -al2

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British Dictionary definitions for approval

approval
/ (əˈpruːvəl) /

noun

the act of approving
formal agreement; sanction
a favourable opinion; commendation
on approval (of articles for sale) for examination with an option to buy or return
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Idioms and Phrases with approval

approval

see on approval; seal of approval.

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