nihil obstat

[ nahy-hil ob-stat, nee- ]

nounRoman 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.

Origin of nihil obstat

1
1885–90; <Latin: literally, nothing stands in the way

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nihil obstat

/ (ˈɒbstæt) /


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

Origin of nihil obstat

1
Latin, literally: nothing hinders

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