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im pri mo ter

  • n  formal and explicit approval

  • For some investors and fund-of-funds managers, the regulatory imprimatur that the SEC gave Madoff's brokerage may have communicated confidence in the investment products he sold on .
  • Obama is an intelligent and thoughtful potential President, but Winfrey's imprimatur is unlikely to convey those traits to many undecided voters.
  • One way that the Roman Catholic Church has traditionally tried to prevent the spread of error and heresy is by the use of the imprimatur.
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  • Faith and Works at Apple
    Edward Mendelson As everyone knows, the world-religion of the educated and prosperous in the twenty-first century is Apple, with its Vatican in Cupertino and its cathedrals in the light-filled Apple Stores that draw pilgrims gripping iPhones and iPads like rosaries. Apple’s flock is secured against heresy by censors who rule the online App Store; only applications with Apple’s imprimatur are ...
    July 17, 2013 - New York Review of Books

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