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imprimatur

[ im-pri-mah-ter, -mey-, -prahy- ]
/ ˌɪm prɪˈmɑ tər, -ˈmeɪ-, -praɪ- /
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noun

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.
sanction or approval; support: Our plan has the company president's imprimatur.

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Origin of imprimatur

First recorded in 1630–40; from New Latin: literally, “let it be printed,” Latin: literally, “let it be made by pressing upon (something)”; see impress1
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British Dictionary definitions for imprimatur

imprimatur
/ (ˌɪmprɪˈmeɪtə, -ˈmɑː-) /

noun

RC Church a licence granted by a bishop certifying the Church's approval of a book to be published
sanction, authority, or approval, esp for something to be printed

Word Origin for imprimatur

C17: New Latin, literally: let it be printed
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