approvingly approvingly  /ə ˈpru vɪŋ li/


  • (adv) in an approving manner


  1. Community police insist they were powerless, but if history is a guide, many probably stood back approvingly.
  2. Neiman-Marcus is one of the first retailers to take such a step in the area of buying practices, and civil rights groups responded approvingly.
  3. At the lectern, Republican Senator Jesse Helms, avatar of the Moral Majority, gazed out approvingly at the congregation.


  • Rohani once approved of hiding Iran atomic work

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Years before he became Iran's president-elect, Hassan Rohani spoke approvingly about concealing his nation's nuclear program and said that when Pakistan got atomic bombs and Brazil began enriching uranium, "the world started to work with them. ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "As long as the Almighty permitted intelligent men, created in his image and likeness, to fight in public and kill each other while the world looks on approvingly, it's not for me to deprive the chickens of the same privilege," Lincoln told...
    on Jun 15, 2007 By: Abraham Lincoln Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. While he notified Vice President George HW Bush and other members of the National Security Council, Meese waited for more than five hours before waking the president, who "listened to the news approvingly, then went back to sleep," Cannon wrote...
    on Mar 16, 2008 By: Lou Cannon Source: San Jose Mercury News

  3. Churkin said the ministers had spoken "approvingly of the cooperation which Iran has had lately" with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
    on Mar 4, 2008 By: Vitaly Churkin Source: CBS News

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