• Affirmation, approving. Old Roman
    Affirmation, approving. Old Roman
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv approvingly in an approving manner "she nodded approvingly"
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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
    • approvingly In a commendatory manner; in such a way as to imply approval.
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  • Alexander Pope
    “Fools admire, but men of sense approve.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Consult. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on.”
  • 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.”
  • Nathaniel Cotton
    Nathaniel Cotton
    “Mental pleasure are never cloy; unlike those of the body, they are increased by repetition, approved by reflection, and strengthened by enjoyment.”
  • Mark Twain
    “I refused to attend his funeral. But I wrote a very nice letter explaining that I approved of it.”


In literature:

By which he humbly understood that her friend approved him.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
To be exonerated by those awful Powers, is to be approved.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
He pointed her boldly out to a comrade, who approved his appetite, and referred her to a third.
"The Short Works of George Meredith" by George Meredith
On my return, I found that our application had been approved at Washington.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
As I approve entirely of his marrying again, you may readily ask me why I don't marry at all.
"Lives of the Poets: Gay, Thomson, Young, and Others" by Samuel Johnson
The reason of his doing so was of course well understood, and was quite approved by Mrs. Masters.
"The American Senator" by Anthony Trollope
At the present moment, however, the duty of those who approve my activity is clear.
"Freedom's Battle" by Mahatma Gandhi
I'll tell you, my angel, resumed he, what I propose to do, if you approve of it.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
It soon found its way also into most of the private libraries of the kingdom; and it was, besides, generally read and approved.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
Some approve of potatoes, parsnips, but all corrected for wind.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior

In poetry:

Enrob'd in elegance, with smiling faces,
By Art embellish'd, by Delight inspir'd,
Around the pleasure garden danc'd the Graces,
Approv'd of Fancy, and by Taste admir'd.
"Pleasant View" by Thomas Odiorne
So Balin bare the crown, and all the knights
Approved him, and the Queen, and all the world
Made music, and he felt his being move
In music with his Order, and the King.
"Balin and Balan" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Right poet! who thy rightness to approve,
Having all liberty, didst keep all measure,
And with a firmament for ranging, move
But at the heavens' uncomprehended pleasure.
"The Cloud's Swan-Song" by Francis Thompson
Eli her case mistook,
How was her spirit moved
By his unkind rebuke?
But God her cause approved.
We need not fear a creature's face,
While welcome at a throne of grace.
"When Hannah Pressed With Grief" by John Newton
By the Father's eye approved,
Lo, a voice is heard from heav'n,
Sinners, this is my Beloved,
For your ransom freely given:
All offences, for his sake, shall be forgiven.
"On One Stone Shall Be Seven Eyes" by John Newton
With all a woman's tender, trustful heart,
She gave herself away to him she loved;
Why should she not, was he not all her own,
A choice by friends and parents too approved?
"Life's Changes" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow

In news:

Extra spraying for West Nile approved.
A bill that would let some New Orleans area voters approve or reject a 20-year extension of tolls on the Crescent City Connection is in jeopardy as the session nears a Monday adjournment .
Amylin, Lilly Confirm EU Approval of Byetta as Adjunct to Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes.
Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval.
Judge approves adoptions on adoption day.
The chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court is joining other judges in approving adoptions as part the state's annual adoption day.
Only first phase of project approved.
The Granite Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church's plan for a new home on Sierra College Boulevard received conditional approval Thursday from the Placer County Planning Commission.
Suppose a controversial downtown casino proposal were on the Las Vegas City Council agenda for zoning approval.
Senator Pat Roberts has sent the following letter to the Food and Drug Administration to encourage swift approval of waivers to blend corn with aflatoxin to increase feed supply for livestock producers hard hit by ongoing drought.
FDA Approves Blending Of Aflatoxin Corn.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and certain other closing conditions.
Richard Olds said he is "optimistic" the school's opening will be approved this time around.
VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuania's parliament approved Algirdas Butkevicius as prime minister on Thursday, giving the Social Democrat leader 15 days to present a Cabinet and policy program for approval.
Innovative Insulin Pump Approved On November 16, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the t:slim insulin pump.

In science:

The Large Hadron Collider was approved this year, providing a path for experimental investigation of physics on the TeV scale, and, in particular, of the physics of electroweak symmetry breaking.
Summary of the XXX Rencontre de Moriond QCD Session
The proposed COBRAS/SAMBA satellite mission (Mandolesi et al. 1995) is currently being evaluated by the European Space Agency, and if approved, is scheduled for launch in 2003.
A method for subtracting foregrounds from multi-frequency CMB sky maps
The LHC was approved by the CERN Council at the end of 1994, to start doing physics in the 2004.
Testing the Standard Model and Beyond
For reasons of cash flow, the initial approval was for a machine with fewer magnets, able to reach a centre-of-mass energy of 10 TeV to start with.
Testing the Standard Model and Beyond
These may be interpreted as suggesting that ρχ <∼ 10 ρhalo NASA and the DOE have recently approved a satellite experiment called AMS 155 , which should be able to improve significantly the present upper limits on low-energy antiprotons, and may be able to start constraining significantly supersymmetric models.
The Strange Spin of the Nucleon