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approbation

ap·pro·ba·tion

approbation

 
pronunciation:
ae pr beI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: approval; praise.
He'd gone to medical school hoping to win his father's approbation.The symphony received little approbation when it was first performed two hundred years ago.
synonyms:
approval, countenance, favor, praise
antonyms:
disapprobation
similar words:
admiration, applause, commendation, endorsement, esteem, honor, kudos, regards, respect
definition 2: blessing or official sanction.
These evil acts were committed with the approbation of the king himself.
synonyms:
approval, blessing, commendation, endorsement, sanction
antonyms:
censure, condemnation
similar words:
award, honor, imprimatur
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derivations: approbative (adj.), approbatory (adj.)
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