- to think (something) wrong or reprehensible; censure or condemn in opinion.
- to withhold approval from; decline to sanction: The Senate disapproved the nominations.
- to have an unfavorable opinion; express disapproval (usually followed by of).
Origin of disapprove
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Related Wordssuspiciously, skeptically, askew, dubiously, obliquely, sideways, disapprovingly, disdainfully, sidelong
Examples from the Web for disapprovingly
I was with Romney at a New Hampshire event when a woman in the crowd said disapprovingly that he had four houses.Romney's Embarrassment of Riches
January 18, 2012
A pair of elderly English ladies at an adjoining table stared at us disapprovingly.A Late Night Visit From Christopher Plummer
November 29, 2008
M. de Rivarol, intrigued by his mirth, scowled upon him disapprovingly.Captain Blood
“There must have been eggs in that hay,” said Twaddles disapprovingly.Four Little Blossoms at Brookside Farm
Mabel C. Hawley
"And you are keeping on drinking all the time, they say," said Foma, disapprovingly.Foma Gordyeff
The old whaler looked at him thoughtfully and disapprovingly.The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries
The nurse looked at her disapprovingly, but after all it made little difference.Sisters
- (intr often foll by of) to consider wrong, bad, etc
- (tr) to withhold approval from
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Word Origin and History for disapprovingly
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