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[uh-proo-vuh l]
  1. the act of approving; approbation.
  2. formal permission or sanction.
  3. Philately. one of a group of selected stamps sent by a dealer to a prospective customer for examination and either purchase or return.
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  1. on approval, without obligation to buy unless satisfactory to the customer upon trial or examination and, otherwise, returnable: We ship merchandise on approval.
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Origin of approval

First recorded in 1680–90; approve + -al2
Related formsnon·ap·prov·al, nounpre·ap·prov·al, nounpro·ap·prov·al, adjectivere·ap·prov·al, nounself-ap·prov·al, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for reapproval


  1. the act of approving
  2. formal agreement; sanction
  3. a favourable opinion; commendation
  4. on approval (of articles for sale) for examination with an option to buy or return
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Word Origin and History for reapproval



1680s, from approve + -al (2). According to OED, "Rare bef. 1800; now generally used instead of" approvance (1590s, from French aprovance).

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Idioms and Phrases with reapproval


see on approval; seal of approval.

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