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[im-pri-mah-ter, -mey-, -prahy-]
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  1. an official license to print or publish a book, pamphlet, etc., especially a license issued by a censor of the Roman Catholic Church.Compare nihil obstat.
  2. sanction or approval; support: Our plan has the company president's imprimatur.
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Origin of imprimatur

1630–40; < New Latin: let it be printed, Latin: let it be made by pressing upon (something); see impress1
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  1. RC Church a licence granted by a bishop certifying the Church's approval of a book to be published
  2. sanction, authority, or approval, esp for something to be printed
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Word Origin

C17: New Latin, literally: let it be printed
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Word Origin and History for imprimatur


1640, Modern Latin, literally "let it be printed," the formula of a book licenser, third person singular present subjunctive passive of Latin imprimere "to print" (see impress). Originally of state license to print books, later only of Roman Catholic Church.

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