• WordNet 3.6
    • v disapprove consider bad or wrong
    • v disapprove deem wrong or inappropriate "I disapprove of her child rearing methods"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Zion, Illinois - located on the shores of Lake Michigan north of Chicago - was founded by the followers of John Alexander Dowie, whose Christian Catholic Church disapproved of pharmacies, doctors, theaters or dance halls. Smoking, drinking and the eating of pork also was prohibited in town.
    • Disapprove To pass unfavorable judgment upon; to condemn by an act of the judgment; to regard as wrong, unsuitable, or inexpedient; to censure; as, to disapprove the conduct of others.
    • Disapprove To refuse official approbation to; to disallow; to decline to sanction; as, the sentence of the court-martial was disapproved by the commander in chief.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disapprove To regard with disfavor; think wrong or reprehensible; censure or condemn in opinion or judgment: now generally followed by of: as, to disapprove of dancing, or of late hours.
    • disapprove To withhold approval from; reject as not approved of; decline to sanction: as, the court disapproved the verdict.
    • disapprove To express or feel disapprobation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disapprove dis-a-prōōv′ to give an unfavourable opinion of, to regard as bad or blameworthy (usually followed with of): to reject
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “When millions applaud you seriously ask yourself what harm you have done; and when they disapprove you, what good.”
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    “Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.”
  • Voltaire
    “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
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    “Time invested in improving ourselves cuts down on time wasted in disapproving of others.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Should a nation which attacks and occupies foreign territory in the face of United Nations disapproval be allowed to impose conditions on its own withdrawal?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + approve,: cf. F. déapprouver,. Cf. Disapprobation


In literature:

Hector had always gone his own way, and there were several aspects of his life she disapproved of.
"Beyond The Rocks" by Elinor Glyn
But now Kut-le smiled at her disapproving brows.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
The first, prepared by Lee, had been disapproved and recommitted.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
I cannot but be uneasy, lest my delay of entering on the subject of the consular convention, may be disapproved.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Jabez Gum knew nothing of the arrangement until it was concluded, and disapproved of it.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
The President listened impassively, giving no sign of approval or disapproval, and hardly, at times, of much interest.
"The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II" by Burton J. Hendrick
There isn't an hour of my days of which you wouldn't disapprove.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Tommy shook her head, regarding the democrat wagon with a disapproving squint.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls by the Sea" by Janet Aldridge
Maria's mother regarded her with a curious expression compounded of pride and almost fierce disapproval.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Henry scowled over his paper the scowl of one who reads to disapprove, to his own credit.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

In poetry:

Dr. Clifford
And I have differed.
He disapproves of gin;
I disapprove of sin.
"Clerihew – The Reverend Clifford" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Without end
Do I think of you and so
Come to me at night.
For on the path of dreams at least,
There's no one to disapprove!
"Without end" by Ono no Komachi
She whitened. 'Enough…. Since you disapprove
I'll yield in silence, and never move
Till my last pulse ticks
A footstep from the domestic groove.'
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
My parents also I am bound, to love,
To honour, and in poverty relieve,
I ne'er must do the thing, they disapprove,
But due obedience to their orders give:
"The Ten Commandments " by Rees Prichard
Boston, "with all thy faults I love
Thee still," though much I disapprove--
See much in thee to blame;
Yet to be candid, I'll allow
Thy equal no one can me show
From Mexico to Maine.
"To A Friend InThe City" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Then cometh a sad day, when with a poignant sting
Lost opportunities shall speak to us reproachfully;
And ours shall be the disapproval of the King--
"Discourteous to these, my creatures, ye have wounded Me."
"Be Courteous" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Trendy crowdsourcing is fueling product innovation — and the disapproval of some professionals.
Parents at a Parchment school board meeting expressed both disapproval and support of athletic director and middle school assistant principal John Thompson, who is charged with being 'super drunk'.
Enacting health-care legislation in the face of overwhelming public disapproval may cost the party its chance of forging a sustainable majority.
The actor tells THR he disapproves of Alex's actions and sees forgiveness on Season 8.
Not without letting his disapproval for the management of the apartments be known and sending a warning out to all renters to read the fine print and know your rights.
The plan may also be disapproved and require an addintional revised plan, subject to a subsequent LUC review.
Some of my more disapproving colleagues in the press corps regularly remind the rest of us that there is only one way to look at any politician: down.
The precipitous rise in Barack Obama's job disapproval numbers stunned the West Wing Monday and shook Democratic leaders.
Huge majorities believe the country is on the wrong track and disapprove of George W Bush.
59 pct disapprove of Wis.
Calorie counts for restaurant menu items) and increasing the cost of bad decisions, meaning those the paternalists disapprove.
When asked if they "approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor".
A recent ABC News poll shows two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the way President Obama is handling gasoline prices.
Disapproval Rate for Congress at Record 82% After Debt Talks.
The essential claim brought forth is that not all people who disapprove of homosexuality do not hate, but those who choose not to tell of the scriptures' "truth" are those who hate.

In science:

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Linear Collider Physics Resource Book for Snowmass 2001 - Part 1: Introduction
The result in the previous section actually does not disapprove the genotype-based association, since HWE in real data is often violated, even if it is not significantly violated.
Genotype-based Case-Control Analysis, Violation of Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium, and Phase Diagrams
He is arguing against routine treatment of ADHD and high cholesterol (with which your most attention-deficited author agrees, but she claims that Viagra and hormone replacement, to which he also ob jects, fall in the class with eye glasses and hearing aids; well maybe he disapproves of those as well).
Astrophysics in 2006
He considered the redundancy of language as a design challenge rather than a necessary feature; he disapproved of equivocal words and synonyms and baulked at the ine(cid:11)ective design decisions of previous generations of language speakers.
Structural Tags, Annealing and Automatic Word Classification
We have thus, in essence, interchanged the role of approving c with disapproving c′ and vice versa, as they have the same effect in relation to the candidates.
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections