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  • Affirmation, approbation. N.A. Indian
    Affirmation, approbation. N.A. Indian
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v approbate accept (documents) as valid
    • v approbate approve or sanction officially
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Approbate Approved.
    • v. t Approbate To express approbation of; to approve; to sanction officially.☞ This word is obsolete in England, but is occasionally heard in the United States, chiefly in a technical sense for license; as, a person is approbated to preach; approbated to keep a public house. "I approbate the one, I reprobate the other."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • approbate Approved. Sir T. Elyot.
    • approbate In Scots law, accepted. See the verb.
    • approbate To express approbation of; manifest a liking for or degree of satisfaction in; express approbation of officially, as of a person's fitness for a public office or employment; approve; pass.
    • approbate To license: as, to approbate a person to preach; to approbate a man to keep a hotel or other public house.
    • approbate In Scots law, to approve or assent to as valid: chiefly in the following phrase.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Approbate to approve authoritatively (obs. except in U.S.):
    • v.t Approbate (Scots law) to approve of as valid
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  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “We ask advice but we mean approbation.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Nothing is more common than mutual dislike, where mutual approbation is particularly expected.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “It comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. approbatus, p. p. of approbare, to approve
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Approve.


In literature:

The rest of the Cabinet were unanimous in approbation.
"Lady John Russell"
The Players do not only connive at his obstreperous Approbation, but very cheerfully repair at their own Cost whatever Damages he makes.
"The Spectator, Volume 2." by Addison and Steele
My recommendation, however, for the immediate admission of Kansas failed to meet the approbation of Congress.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
On the contrary, it was recommended to approbation and confidence by its entire simplicity.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
I thanked him for every reproach, and strove to do my best to gain his approbation.
"A Practical Illustration of Woman's Right to Labor" by Marie E. Zakrzewska
But dismissing these reflections, let us consider how far the arrangement is in itself entitled to the approbation of this body.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The course pursued in relation to this subject by the Legislature of Massachusetts meets my approbation.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
We therefore contemplate with pleasure the proclamation by you issued, and give it our hearty approbation.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
The Pharisees wish for the approbation of men, good people wish for the approbation of God.
"The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales" by Mrs. Alfred Gatty
At present, the balance between approbation and dislike is in your favour.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
It is as it should be, General; as usual, you have merited my approbation.
"The Red Rover" by James Fenimore Cooper
The Players do not only connive at his obstreperous Approbation, but very cheerfully repair at their own Cost whatever Damages he makes.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
The tragedy was, received with immediate and universal approbation.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Having addressed them to this purport, and with universal approbation, the king withdrew.
"History of Rome, Vol III" by Titus Livius
By divine approbation of the Spirit of Jesus Christ in his word.
"The Divine Right of Church Government" by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
This action seemed to be received as a mark of approbation, for the noise became absolutely terrific.
"Willis the Pilot" by Johanna Spyri
He wants human beings with their approbation and their sympathy, and his Athens, to be pleased in her own way.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
Celestine received him favourably, and dismissed him with his benediction and approbation.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
The treaty of Paris upon the whole has his approbation.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
She had faith in herself and the love and approbation of everybody.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

In poetry:

For Jesu's sake, who to redeem me deign'd,
And whose each act thy approbation gain'd,
Forgive me, if in ought I've been remiss —
Forgive me all that I have done amiss.
"An Earnest Prayer For Pardon Of Sins" by Rees Prichard
And now with treasures fraught returning home,
Before their Queen display the sacred spoil:
And while arrang'd in order round her dome,
Her approbation crowns the pleasing toil.
"To Silvia, moral" by Ann Steele
My song is at an end;
I wish not to offend,--
My lash is only aim'd at folly, O;
If your plaudits I obtain,
The end propos'd I gain,
And your approbation now will be my dandy, O.
"The Actress's Ways And Means To Industriously Raise The Wind!" by Elizabeth Beverley
Eg. Discreet Poneria, thy wise approbation
Doth give my fancy ample satisfaction.
But heare me Poneria, will you undertake
That I shall meet with the Shepheard Rhodon,
As you oft have promis'd me.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act III" by Ralph Knevet
In thoughtful mood your parents dear,
Whilst joy smiles through the starting tear,
Give approbation due.
As each drinks deep in mirthful wine
Your rosy health, and looks benign
Are sent to heaven for you.
"Verses Sent To A Lady On Her Birthday" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Edward Teach was a native of Bristol, and sailed from that port
On board a privateer, in search of sport,
As one of the crew, during the French War in that station,
And for personal courage he soon gained his Captain's approbation.
"Captain Teach alias Black Beard" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Like the few other national cinemas that maintained any kind of transnational presence during Hollywood's globalization, Iran's has pegged its fortunes to approbation by international festivals.
Remember that in this society today, money is the form of approbation.

In science:

The associated questionnaire included 28 sentences for which the user had to provide an approbation level from 1 (disagree) to 5 (completely agree). These were organised according to three categories: “Generalities” covering usability issues, “Query formulation” and “Results interpretation”.
Mass data exploration in oncology: An information synthesis approach
The equality is ensured by finding an approbate imaginary part of the scatterers dielectric function ǫs for any particular light frequency ω and any position Z within the slab geometry.
Transport theory: Spatial coherence of random laser emission
Face recognition method based on Wavelet Packet Decomposition, and Principal Component Analysis. Approbation of the dissertation.
Computerized Face Detection and Recognition