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Definition approval - often official
  • She is not motivated by popular approbation.
approbation = approval
  • The women were good and commonplace people, and did their duty, and had their reward in clear consciences and the community's approbation.
    Twain, Mark  --  Pudd'n'head Wilson
  • There was a loud murmur of approbation from the crowd.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • approbation = approval
  • ...shot his voice through the floor of Caddy's room tone of smug approbation.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • approbation = approval
  • For a while still she looks down at him from the composite picture, neither with censure nor approbation.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • approbation = approval
  • [He pauses, then nods in approbation for a few seconds, then looks upward.]
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • approbation = approval
  • This day my sister should the cloister enter,
    And there receive her approbation:
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • approbation = official approval
  • Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools.
    Sir Richard Steele
  • But still it has not your approbation.
    Austen, Jane  --  Mansfield Park
  • But the desire for approbation is perhaps the most deeply seated instinct of civilised man.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • To disobey her mother by refusing an unexceptionable offer is not enough; her affections must also be given without her mother's approbation.
    Austen, Jane  --  Lady Susan
  • I feel no sentiment of approbation inferior to love.
    Austen, Jane  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • "I am glad to have your approbation, gentlemen," said Mr.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Great Expectations
  • he added, lifting her up with such a tone of approbation in his voice that Rose kissed him on the spot.
    Alcott, Louisa May  --  Eight Cousins
  • Not by becoming a toil- beast could he win to the heights, was the message the whiskey whispered to him, and he nodded approbation.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • He nodded approbation and reached for the second bottle.
    London, Jack  --  Michael, Brother of Jerry
  • This he likewise did with the privity and approbation of the American government.
    Irving, Washington  --  Astoria or Anecdotes  of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains
  • The affair thus determined, and Thorpe's approbation secured, Catherine only remained to be apprised of it.
    Austen, Jane  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Norah herself could not deny this time that the tribute of approbation had been well deserved.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  No Name
  • This civil start meets my approbation And foreshadows some accommodation.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe

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