• Affirmation, approbation. N.A. Indian
    Affirmation, approbation. N.A. Indian
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj approbative expressing or manifesting praise or approval "approbative criticism","an affirmative nod"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Approbative Approving, or implying approbation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • approbative Approving; expressing, implying, or of the nature of approbation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Approbative of or belonging to one who approves
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  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “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.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “We ask advice but we mean approbation.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Nothing is more common than mutual dislike, where mutual approbation is particularly expected.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “It comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. approbatif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Approve.


In literature:

The populace surrounded the house, and testified their approbation in loud huzzas.
"The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves" by Tobias Smollett
This silence was at length broken by a general clapping of hands, as a mark of approbation.
"The Ghost-Seer (or The Apparitionist), and Sport of Destiny" by Friedrich Schiller
I rejoice to meet your approbation.
"Fiesco or, The Genoese Conspiracy A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
If we have no longer a claim upon the world, why should we seek its approbation?
"Love and Intrigue A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
Accordingly every feeling, whether of pleasure or approbation, rests definitively on an agreement between the contingent and the necessary.
"The Aesthetical Essays" by Friedrich Schiller
This filled up the measure of Madge's self-approbation.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Volume 2, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
This filled up the measure of Madge's self-approbation.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Each party appealed to Mr. Campbell, anxious, it seemed, to elicit his approbation.
"Rob Roy, Volume 1., Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Each party appealed to Mr. Campbell, anxious, it seemed, to elicit his approbation.
"Rob Roy, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
He did not need, much less seek, the approbation of any man.
"Under the Prophet in Utah" by Frank J. Cannon and Harvey J. O'Higgins

In poetry:

A third adorer had the girl,
A man of lowly station -
A miserable grov'ling Earl
Besought her approbation.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
'Tis plain, I mused, the more I sin,
(To Satan's jubilation)
When I repent the more I'll win
Celestial approbation.
"Repentance" by Robert W Service
And now with treasures fraught returning home,
Before their Queen display the sacred spoil:
And while arrang'd in order round her dome,
Her approbation crowns the pleasing toil.
"To Silvia, moral" by Ann Steele
My song is at an end;
I wish not to offend,--
My lash is only aim'd at folly, O;
If your plaudits I obtain,
The end propos'd I gain,
And your approbation now will be my dandy, O.
"The Actress's Ways And Means To Industriously Raise The Wind!" by Elizabeth Beverley
Eg. Discreet Poneria, thy wise approbation
Doth give my fancy ample satisfaction.
But heare me Poneria, will you undertake
That I shall meet with the Shepheard Rhodon,
As you oft have promis'd me.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act III" by Ralph Knevet
In thoughtful mood your parents dear,
Whilst joy smiles through the starting tear,
Give approbation due.
As each drinks deep in mirthful wine
Your rosy health, and looks benign
Are sent to heaven for you.
"Verses Sent To A Lady On Her Birthday" by Patrick Branwell Bronte

In news:

Like the few other national cinemas that maintained any kind of transnational presence during Hollywood's globalization, Iran's has pegged its fortunes to approbation by international festivals.
Remember that in this society today, money is the form of approbation.

In science:

The associated questionnaire included 28 sentences for which the user had to provide an approbation level from 1 (disagree) to 5 (completely agree). These were organised according to three categories: “Generalities” covering usability issues, “Query formulation” and “Results interpretation”.
Mass data exploration in oncology: An information synthesis approach
The equality is ensured by finding an approbate imaginary part of the scatterers dielectric function ǫs for any particular light frequency ω and any position Z within the slab geometry.
Transport theory: Spatial coherence of random laser emission
Face recognition method based on Wavelet Packet Decomposition, and Principal Component Analysis. Approbation of the dissertation.
Computerized Face Detection and Recognition