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nihil obstat

[nahy-hil ob-stat, nee-]
noun Roman Catholic Church.
  1. permission to publish a book, granted by an official censor who, upon examining it, has certified that it contains nothing contrary to faith or morals.
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Origin of nihil obstat

1885–90; < Latin: literally, nothing stands in the way
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British Dictionary definitions for nihil obstat

nihil obstat

  1. the phrase used by a Roman Catholic censor to declare publication inoffensive to faith or morals
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Word Origin

Latin, literally: nothing hinders
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