[ɐpɹəbˈe͡ɪʃən], [ɐpɹəbˈe‍ɪʃən], [ɐ_p_ɹ_ə_b_ˈeɪ_ʃ_ə_n]

Definitions of approbation:

  1.   The act of approving; sanction. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  2.   The act of approving; approval; commendation; probation. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3.   Commendation; sanction. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   The act of approving; commendation; expression of approval or satisfaction with. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   See Approve. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Quotes for approbation:

  1. Mankind are divided into sects, and individuals think very differently on religious subjects, from the purest motives; and that gracious common Parent, who loves all his children alike, beholds with approbation every one who worships him in sincerity. – Joseph Lancaster
  2. The Cross is the approbation of our existence, not in words, but in an act so completely radical that it caused God to become flesh and pierced this flesh to the quick; that, to God, it was worth the death of his incarnate Son. – Pope Benedict XVI
  3. The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation but deeds can be done only for God. – Leo Tolstoy
  4. I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country. – George Washington
  5. You are undoubtedly acquainted with my Reputation, and as for my Penmanship it must speak for itself; this is to desire your Approbation to keep a public school. – Eli Whitney

Usage examples for approbation:

  1. “ Caroline buys little account books to keep a list of her expenses in, she buys a nice little piece of furniture to store her money in, she feeds Adolphe superbly, she is happy in his approbation she discovers that very many articles are needed in the house. ” – Petty Troubles of Married Life, Part First by Honore de Balzac
  2. Engaged between 1899 and 1901 in the Boer War, she appreciated ever more strongly the need for the friendship of the United States, and she looked with cordial approbation upon the development of Secretary Hay's policy in China. ” – The Path of Empire A Chronicle of the United States as a World Power, Volume 46 in The Chronicles of America Series by Carl Russell Fish
  3. She has never quite met his approbation I know, and the least thing would set him against her. ” – Mabel's Mistake by Ann S. Stephens
  4. “ A general shout of approbation replied, " Yes!" ” – The Rival Heirs being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune by A. D. Crake
  5. “ " You are now engaged to marry Mr. Grey, with the consent and approbation of all your friends. ” – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  6. Provided our approbation and esteem for each other should continue, and increase, I will ask for no further delay, after we come to London. ” – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  7. She smiled up at me in quest of approbation – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  8. But he was, notwithstanding, particularly honoured with his approbation – The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753),Vol. V. by Theophilus Cibber
  9. With the approbation of the First Consul, it shall name from its own members a perpetual secretary, who shall make one of the forty members of whom the class is composed. ” – Paris As It Was and As It Is by Francis W. Blagdon
  10. In 1791 he was appointed Ambassador to the Court of St. Petersburg, where his conduct obtained the approbation of his own Prince and of the Empress of Russia. ” – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton

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