[ap-ruh-bey-shuh n]


approval; commendation.
official approval or sanction.
Obsolete. conclusive proof.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for self-approbation

complacency, smugness, conceit, glow, self-approval

Examples from the Web for self-approbation

Historical Examples of self-approbation

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

  • 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.


    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.


    James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for self-approbation



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



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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