Definition of approbation in US English:

approbation

noun

formal
  • Approval or praise.

    ‘the opera met with high approbation’
    • ‘His ambition for approbation sets bounds and limits to his ambition, so to speak.’
    • ‘Unlike those who were angling for jobs or social approbation or credibility among the beltway elites, we just said what we thought.’
    • ‘His participation in the parade implies acceptance, approval, approbation.’
    • ‘There are no prizes for guessing what value he places on each: bourgeois is always a term of abuse, revolutionary almost always a term of approbation.’
    • ‘The end result is an unremarkable, unmemorable movie that deserves neither praise nor approbation.’
    • ‘However, Shakespeare's attempts to locate himself within a literary tradition were not always met with such approbation.’
    • ‘Yet there's no widely used term of approbation for the other kind of reporting.’
    • ‘Imagine needing the comfort of popular approbation so badly that you would voluntarily comb through movie award nominations in search of comforting zeitgeist pellets!’
    • ‘Was it observation, approbation or disapproval?’
    • ‘And they don't get very much approbation for it.’
    • ‘You cannot have two mega-personalities in a relationship where both are needy, egotistical, insecure and dependent on public approbation.’
    • ‘Thus he established the peasant proprietorship, and won approbation and support of the overwhelming majority of the population.’
    • ‘Upon completion of the reference to the Master, her determination and approval, shall require approbation by this court.’
    • ‘There is an unmistakable note of approbation here, even admiration; unusual for the museum except where the activist agenda is involved.’
    • ‘Practically, this could be difficult given security concerns and, I suspect, some fair general approbation in smaller, more conservative communities.’
    • ‘The writer is expecting a certain amount of attention and courtesy and interest and perhaps approbation, but it always seems to be a kind of Roman arena sometimes, where the writer is thrown in to be savaged.’
    • ‘Indeed, women's encouragement and approbation of violent acts in war have added to men's satisfaction in committing these acts.’
    • ‘It is wholly unsurprising that in the macho world of sports that an item like this would gain attention and approbation.’
    • ‘The approbation he received when he took off in an amazingly cool style was the loudest heard that afternoon.’
    • ‘They deserve credit, approbation, applause and salutations for this achievement.’
    approval, acceptance, assent, endorsement, encouragement, recognition, appreciation, support, respect, admiration, commendation, congratulations
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin approbatio(n-), from the verb approbare (see approbate).

Pronunciation

approbation

/ˌæprəˈbeɪʃən//ˌaprəˈbāSHən/