approbation approbation  /ˌæ prə ˈbeɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) official approval
  2. (n) official recognition or approval

Derived Word(s)


  1. The action of the commandos during 26/11 met with approbation from the cheering crowds.
  2. After months of debating, the board voted unanimously for the approbation of the plan.


  • Who Really Ignited Obama's Move Against Patent Trolls?

    When earlier this month the Obama Administration proposed new steps to protect business from patent trolls ? entities that hold patents for no other reason than to sue companies, often frivolously, for allegedly infringing them ? the move was greeted with widespread approbation.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Forbes


  1. Meeting with top members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet, Biden warned that he plans to use "the moral approbation of this office" to make sure the huge fund of stimulus money is put to use creating jobs and rebuilding American infrastructure.
    on Feb 25, 2009 By: Joe Biden Source: Newsweek

  2. "My conscience is profoundly unsettled at the moment and there seems to be a moral disjuncture between the suffering of these students and my own approbation," Bachchan, 66, wrote in a letter to the university which he posted on his blog....
    on May 31, 2009 By: Amitabh Bachchan Source: Reuters

  3. The North's apparent nuclear test, Bolton said, "had to have been humiliating to China. After all of the efforts they've made over the years to protect North Korea from international approbation, for the North Koreans in the face of all that to test...
    on Oct 15, 2006 By: John Bolton Source: International Herald Tribune

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