Definition of approbative in English:

approbative

adjective

formal
  • See approbation

    • ‘Of these three kinds of ethics the third, the approbative, is the one held in situation ethics.’
    • ‘If otherwise, it is vaguely approbative, with the implication, as to the work approved, of some pleasing archaeological reconstruction.’
    • ‘If I were someone else, likely the first approbative thing I'd say is, ‘I really like his cooking.’’
    • ‘Though most of these meanings are admittedly not approbative, the first sense, ‘undiluted,’ may carry with it the suggestion of primal energy.’
    • ‘The speaker, in choosing a pejorative term rather than an approbative term (say, ‘willowy’), manifests disapproval of ‘she.’’

Pronunciation

approbative

/ˈaprəbeɪtɪv/