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Definition approval - often official
  • She is not motivated by popular approbation.
approbation = approval
  • She heard his analysis with 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
  • The next meeting of the two Mansfield families produced another alteration in the plan, and one that was admitted with general approbation.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • approbation = approval
  • I'm afraid our activities would be received with considerable disapprobation by the more learned authorities.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • disapprobation = disapproval
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disapprobation reverses the meaning of approbation. This is the same pattern as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
  • ...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
  • For her approbation, the particular reason of his going into Norfolk at all, at this unusual time of year, was given.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • approbation = approval
  • He was not intending, however, by such action, to be conveying to her that unqualified approbation and encouragement which her hopes drew from it.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • approbation = approval
  • Everything might be possible rather than serious attachment, or serious approbation of it toward her.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • approbation = approval
  • It was about the necklace, which she was now most earnestly longing to return, and hoped to obtain his approbation of her doing.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • approbation = approval
  • Give me your approbation, then, Fanny.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • approbation = approval
  • But still it has not your approbation.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • approbation = approval
  • Miss Crawford smiled her perfect approbation; and hastened to complete the gift by putting the necklace round her, and making her see how well it looked.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • approbation = approval
  • Mr. Rushworth then began to propose Mr. Crawford's doing him the honour of coming over to Sotherton, and taking a bed there; when Mrs. Norris, as if reading in her two nieces' minds their little approbation of a plan which was to take Mr. Crawford away, interposed with an amendment.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • approbation = approval
  • A few minutes were enough for such unsatisfactory sensations on each side; and Sir Thomas having exerted himself so far as to speak a few words of calm approbation in reply to an eager appeal of Mr. Yates, as to the happiness of the arrangement, the three gentlemen returned to the drawing-room together, Sir Thomas with an increase of gravity which was not lost on all.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • approbation = approval
  • She was returned to Mansfield Park, she was useful, she was beloved; she was safe from Mr. Crawford; and when Sir Thomas came back she had every proof that could be given in his then melancholy state of spirits, of his perfect approbation and increased regard; and happy as all this must make her, she would still have been happy without any of it, for Edmund was no longer the dupe of Miss Crawford.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
approbation = approval

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