- the act of approving; approbation.
- formal permission or sanction.
- Philately. one of a group of selected stamps sent by a dealer to a prospective customer for examination and either purchase or return.
- on approval, without obligation to buy unless satisfactory to the customer upon trial or examination and, otherwise, returnable: We ship merchandise on approval.
Origin of approval
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Examples from the Web for self-approval
Self-awareness is not the same thing as self-approval, any more than imagination is the same thing as day-dreaming.Francis Spufford on How Atheists Put Religion Through All the Wrong Tests
October 13, 2013
A grin of self-approval at his own witticism closed this speech.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
Really Sweet Oil Bob felt a glow of self-approval as he talked.A Man of Two Countries
Have you given thought to the Gospel of Self-Approval since we talked?What Is Man? And Other Stories
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I do not think you have cause for self-blame at all, but, on the contrary, have for self-approval.A Prince of Anahuac
James A. Porter
And it was with a slight feeling of self-approval that Beata went up to bed.Rosy
- the act of approving
- formal agreement; sanction
- a favourable opinion; commendation
- on approval (of articles for sale) for examination with an option to buy or return
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Word Origin and History for self-approval
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with self-approval
see on approval; seal of approval.
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