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Approve formally; sanction.‘a letter approbating the affair’
- ‘He is the only Chancery Judge there and what he is saying, I think, at 114 is you cannot approbate and reprobate.’
- ‘Some of them have already been synthesized and approbated, the synthesis and testing of others is still forthcoming.’
- ‘‘If I act any further, I would be seen to approbate with a document that is flawed,’ he stated.’
- ‘You want to approbate and reprobate, as it were.’
- ‘On a true appreciation of the position, this is not a case in which it can be said that the respondent company has elected between two inconsistent remedies; nor that it has sought to approbate and reprobate.’
Late Middle English: from Latin approbat- approved, from the verb approbare, from ad- to + probare try, test (from probus good).
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