• Affirmation, approving. Old Roman
    Affirmation, approving. Old Roman
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Approvement (Eng. Law) a confession of guilt by a prisoner charged with treason or felony, together with an accusation of his accomplish and a giving evidence against them in order to obtain his own pardon. The term is no longer in use; it corresponded to what is now known as turning king'sor queen's evidence in England, and state's evidence in the United States.
    • Approvement Approbation. "I did nothing without your approvement ."
    • n Approvement (Old Eng. Law) Improvement of common lands, by inclosing and converting them to the uses of husbandry for the advantage of the lord of the manor.
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Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it attested that the goods were of an approved quality and length or amount Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it...

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n approvement The act of approving; approbation; an expression of assent or preference.
    • n approvement In law, the act of becoming an approver or informer; the act of a prisoner who confesses, and accuses his accomplices; the act of turning king's or state's evidence.
    • n approvement In old English law: The improvement by the lord of a manor of common or waste lands by inclosing and converting them to his own use.
    • n approvement The profits of such lands.
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  • Graham Greene
    “It is the story-teller's task to elicit sympathy and a measure of understanding for those who lie outside the boundaries of State approval.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.”
  • Otto Von Bismarck
    “When a man says that he approves something in principal, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of putting it in practice.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.”
  • Epicurus
    “I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.”


In literature:

Rank has its obligation, and Lambert might approve of the sacrifice, since he was the next heir to the Garvington title.
"Red Money" by Fergus Hume
And the king with the approval of his Sadasyas, gave the Rishi a golden seat as Indra did to Vrihaspati.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
This and what else hath been said by Karna have our fullest approval.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Anyway, I have decided the matter, and I hope you will approve of me.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
Somehow, Sophy, I rather approve of a beard, on somebody his size.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
When the sun had set and the thick night had come down the Panther told of the daring enterprise they were about to undertake, and all approved.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Under this bill, if approved, it would date only from the time of its approval.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
Caesar gave a low whinny of approval and hastened on.
"Adèle Dubois" by Mrs. William T. Savage
Did the Volscians approve of this measure?
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
I did not approve of it, but Nancy did not cut her life to fit my pattern.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey

In poetry:

Do nothing, howsoever mov'd,
That is not by thy God approv'd:
Do nought, for which thou shame must fear,
When forc'd in judgement to appear.
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard
That in my heart one feeling dwells,
But what the coldest must approve,
Nor think my conscious bosom swells
With aught resembling secret love.
"To Lothario" by Amelia Opie
Yet I must blame while I approve,
Where is thy first, thy fervent love?
Dost thou forget my love to thee,
That thine is grown so faint to me?
"Ephesus" by John Newton
That when we stand with tearless eye
And turn the beggar from our door,
They still approve us when we sigh,
"Ah, had I but one thousand more!"
"What We All Think" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But, Porter! when on thee she smil'd,
The fillet from her eyes she mov'd,
To view the merit all approv'd—
A mind inform'd, a heart unsoil'd.
"Lines To Sir Robert Ker Porter, Knight Of The Imperial Order Of St, Joachim" by Sir John Carr
And o'er the cattle wildly roving,
And over every creeping thing;
And o'er the earth with God's approving
Smile, man was crowned Creation's king.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell

In news:

Lycoming County Commissioners Thursday approved a $1 million agreement with the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority for design and construction of a new airport terminal .
First approved in 2006, the new $50 million passenger terminal at MBS International Airport is near opening, and it's a year ahead of schedule.
Legislators in Jamaica have unanimously approved two bills that will allow casinos to be built on the island for the first time.
Planning and zoning commission gives initial approval to commercial zoning change.
FTC approves final Facebook settlement.
Local governments and school districts across California, struggling to pay for essentials, are asking voters to approve tax and bond measures — and, in one case, a hopefully alluring new name.
The Anniston City Council approved the increase at a special meeting on Jan 31, with a 3-1 vote.
Friday with occasional late shifts, no weekends or Duke approved holidays.
A Denver primary school class suggested the designation, which has already been approved by the House.
The Plymouth Park Board unanimously approved a motion to remove and relocate the wooden benches pending approval of the Young family.
After three failed votes last month, the legislation was finally approved by the county's House delegation, and has headed to another Maryland House committee for approval.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for rheumatoid arthritis ahead of the day the agency was scheduled to decide whether or not to approve it, the agency said Tuesday.
AUGUSTA, Maine—Maine's governor signed a freshly passed bill Wednesday approving gay marriage, making it the fifth state to approve the practice.
Montgomery County recently approved a $1.50 temporary surcharge through Aug 27, while Frederick County approved an optional, 90-day temporary surcharge .
PLATTSBURGH The Clinton County Legislature has approved a long-discussed 3-percent occupancy tax, but the approval didnt come without opposition.

In science:

The experiment has been approved with high priority in 2006.
Probing the Standard Model via rare pion and muon decays
This stage could be shared with nuclear physicists aiming to a source of radioactive ions of the same intensity to what needed by a Beta Beam. A design study has been recently approved by E.U.: Eurisol [127], where both nuclear and neutrino physics issues will be studied.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities
The experiment was approved, but never funded and eventually terminated.
Kaon physics
Eγ > 1 GeV), on a redundant particle identification, and on the need of tracking and precisely timing about 800 MHz of particles. P326 aims to receive full approval by end of 2006 and expects to collect about 100 events in two years with 10 % of background.
Kaon physics
The construction of the spectrometer started after the experiment approval by CERN in October 1998.
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN