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approbation

[ap-ruh-bey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. approval; commendation.
  2. official approval or sanction.
  3. Obsolete. conclusive proof.
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Origin of approbation

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin approbātiōn- (stem of approbātiō). See approbate, -ion
Related formspre·ap·pro·ba·tion, nounself-ap·pro·ba·tion, nounsub·ap·pro·ba·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for self-approbation

Historical Examples

  • I want no reward but self-approbation,—and yours, my beloved, too.

    The Life of Albert Gallatin

    Henry Adams

  • This sense of self-approbation is very characteristic of the alcoholic.

    Habits that Handicap

    Charles B. Towns

  • Every object was pleasing, for it shone with the reflected light of self-approbation.

    Discipline

    Mary Brunton

  • I had no solace from self-approbation: none even from self-respect.

    Jane Eyre

    Charlotte Bronte

  • I will go out and tell the truth; then we shall, at least, have the security of self-approbation.

    Wyandotte

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for self-approbation

approbation

noun
  1. commendation; praise
  2. official recognition or approval
  3. an obsolete word for proof
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Derived Formsapprobative or approbatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-approbation

approbation

n.

late 14c., "proven effectiveness, excellence," from Old French aprobacion or directly from Latin approbationem (nominative approbatio) "an approval," noun of action from past participle stem of approbare (see approve). Meaning "approval, endorsement" is from early 15c.

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