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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Definitions for imprimatur

  1. Official license or approval to print or publish a book, paper, etc.; especially, such a license issued by the Roman Catholic episcopal authority.
  2. Approval; sanction.
  3. A mark of approval or distinction.

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Citations for imprimatur
Vatican officials have overruled a 1994 decision by a bishop in England, ordering him to withdraw his imprimatur from a popular religious education text that had come under attack from conservatives. , National Catholic Reporter
His name was known and respected on both sides of the Atlantic; his imprimatur on a stock or bond offering could be worth millions to the firm doing the issue. H. W. Brands, Masters of Enterprise
Origin of imprimatur
Imprimatur is from New Latin imprimatur, "let it be printed," from imprimere, "to imprint," from Latin, from in- + premere, "to press."