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3 definitions found
 for approbation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Approbation \Ap`pro*ba"tion\, n. [L. approbatio: cf. F.
     approbation. See Approve to prove.]
     1. Proof; attestation. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     2. The act of approving; an assenting to the propriety of a
        thing with some degree of pleasure or satisfaction;
        approval; sanction; commendation.
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              Many . . . joined in a loud hum of approbation.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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              The silent approbation of one's own breast.
                                                    --Melmoth.
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              Animals . . . love approbation or praise. --Darwin.
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     3. Probation or novitiate. [Obs.]
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              This day my sister should the cloister enter,
              And there receive her approbation.    --Shak.
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     Syn: Approval; liking; sanction; consent; concurrence.
  
     Usage: Approbation, Approval. Approbation and approval
            have the same general meaning, assenting to or
            declaring as good, sanction, commendation; but
            approbation is stronger and more positive. "We may be
            anxious for the approbation of our friends; but we
            should be still more anxious for the approval of our
            own consciences." "He who is desirous to obtain
            universal approbation will learn a good lesson from
            the fable of the old man and his ass." "The work has
            been examined by several excellent judges, who have
            expressed their unqualified approval of its plan and
            execution."
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  approbation
      n 1: official approval
      2: official recognition or approval [ant: condemnation,
         disapprobation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  100 Moby Thesaurus words for "approbation":
     John Hancock, OK, acceptance, accord, account, acquiescence,
     adherence, admiration, adoration, affirmance, affirmation,
     affirmative, affirmative voice, agreement, apotheosis,
     appreciation, approval, assent, authentication, authorization, awe,
     aye, benediction, blessing, breathless adoration, certification,
     commendation, compliance, confirmation, connivance, consent,
     consideration, countenance, countersignature, courtesy, credit,
     deference, deification, duty, eagerness, endorsement, esteem,
     estimation, exaggerated respect, favor, favorable vote, go-ahead,
     goodwill, great respect, green light, hero worship, high regard,
     homage, honor, idolatry, idolization, imprimatur, liking, nod,
     notarization, okay, permission, pleasure, prestige, promptitude,
     promptness, ratification, readiness, regard, respect, reverence,
     reverential regard, rubber stamp, sanction, satisfaction, seal,
     seal of approval, sigil, signature, signet, stamp,
     stamp of approval, submission, subscription, the nod,
     ungrudgingness, unloathness, unreluctance, validation, veneration,
     visa, vise, voice, vote, warrant, willingness, worship, worth, yea,
     yea vote
  
  

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