• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Self-approving Approving one's own action or character by one's own judgment. "One self-approving hour whole years outweighs
      Of stupid starers and of loud huzzas."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • self-approving Implying approval of one's own conduct or character; also, justifying such approval.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Self-approving implying approval of one's own conduct
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  • Mark Twain
    “What do we call love, hate, charity, revenge, humanity, forgiveness? Different results of the master impulse, the necessity of securing one's self-approval.”
  • Lord Byron
    “If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

I approv'd the amusing one's self with poetry now and then, so far as to improve one's language, but no farther.
"Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" by Benjamin Franklin
It was amusing to note the expression, half-approving, half-dismayed, with which Miss Bretherton watched the self-possessed young hostess.
"Etheldreda the Ready" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
A self-approving hysteria can do fine things under given conditions.
"My Contemporaries In Fiction" by David Christie Murray
If I am a fool, I am, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
And Venus' self looked on approving.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
I shall go out into the world with the glow of self-approval (and rapid motion) warming my system.
"Vice Versa" by F. Anstey
For Cambon, having had the self-command to wait until the Convention had passed its approving vote, rose to reply.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Adrian felt all the satisfaction of the most approving self-complacency.
"The Flower Basket" by Unknown
Really Sweet Oil Bob felt a glow of self-approval as he talked.
"A Man of Two Countries" by Alice Harriman
Fitzjames self-denyingly approves of the position assigned to mathematics at Cambridge.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen

In poetry:

'Tis nature bids, and whilst the laws
Of nature we retain,
Our self-approving bosom draws
A pleasure from its pain.
"Addressed To Miss Macartney, Afterwards Mrs. Greville, On Reading The Prayer For Indifference" by William Cowper

In news:

Next year, New Bedford voters may be able to decide the fate of the self-approved 44% City Council pay raises.
Cambodia's two main opposition parties have formalized their merger by winning approval for self-exiled politician Sam Rainsy to be leader of the newly formed Cambodia National Rescue Party.
Workforce Management 7.5 improves up Aspect 's WFM platform by offering self-service shift bidding coupled with features for supervisors to use shift bidding approval strategies to incentivize top performers.
California State Senate approves self-driving car bill.
Kuhlman/ThisWeekNEWS Mifflin Township Fire Lt Jason Strohmeyer tries on new self-contained breathing apparatus made possible via voter approval of a 3.8-mill operating levy in May 2011.
Lighting, Landscaping Approved for New Hampshire Self-Storage Project.
A proposed self-storage facility in Derry, N.H. Had its lighting and landscaping plan approved last week by the Derry Planning Board, clearing the way for the project.
Lufkin,Tx — "This is something that is needed, and well-deserved," said school board president Andra Self, after the Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees voted to unanimously approve a 4 percent, one-time stipend to increase teacher pay.
Draeger Safety Inc offers a NIOSH-approved, 15-minute self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for emergency entry or escape in potentially hazardous environments.
Planning Board Approves FL Self-Storage Facility.
The Manatee County Planning Board will recommend to county commissioners to approve an Xpress Storage self-storage facility as part of a plan to build 1,600 new homes in a subdivision.
We've just passed the one-year mark for self-storage as an approved property type for Small Business Administration ( SBA ) loans with the passage of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.
Sunshine Self-Storage Nominated for WomenCertified Seal of Approval .
Sunshine Self-Storage has been nominated to receive the WomenCertified Seal of Approval , signifying the company's commitment to women-friendly customer service.
Mid-sized US banks can wait until next September to begin self-administered stress test s under rules approved Tuesday.