• Affirmation, approbation. N.A. Indian
    Affirmation, approbation. N.A. Indian
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Approbativeness (Phren) Love of approbation.
    • Approbativeness The quality of being approbative.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n approbativeness In phrenology, ambition; love of praise or desire for fame; pride of character; sensitiveness to the opinions of others.
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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.”


In literature:

Signor Pietro nodded his head with most emphatic approbation and confirmation of his friend's opinion.
"A Siren" by Thomas Adolphus Trollope
Young John looked earnestly at his father, who returned a look of approbation.
"The Old English Baron" by Clara Reeve
Pentaur listened to the youth with folded arms, now looking at him enquiringly, now adding approbation.
"Uarda, Complete A Romance Of Ancient Egypt" by Georg Ebers
Quenu had nodded his head in approbation, and an interval of silence followed.
"The Fat and the Thin" by Emile Zola
However, 'The Washington Daily Love-Feast' hailed the bill with warm approbation.
"The Gilded Age, Part 5." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and Charles Dudley Warner
I protest, since the approbation of the Streathamites, I have met with none so flattering to me as this of Mr. Sheridan, in so very unexpected.
"The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Fanny Burney
Let me hope that it will meet your approbation.
"The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Vol. I., Part 2" by William T. Sherman
None of these proposals met the Baron's approbation.
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
Then there came to his ears the clapping of hands, then the shrill clamour of voices raised in approbation.
"West Wind Drift" by George Barr McCutcheon
If I listened to the music of praise, I was more seriously satisfied with the approbation of my judges.
"Memoirs of My Life and Writings" by Edward Gibbon

In poetry:

Stumps are shaking, crutch-supported;
Splinted fingers tap the rhythm;
And a head all helmed with plasters
Wags a measured approbation.
"Interlude" by William Ernest Henley
His person, which appear'd to view,
We must allow, was handsome too.
His carriage met with approbation,
By far more polish'd than his station.
"John Bolders" by William Hutton
See how the eyes of heaven look down on you,
And smile, in gentle approbation
Of a most gentle deed. I pray they light
You safely to your friends.
"Laura Secord: The Heroine of The War Of 1812 - Act III" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Because they showered upon me their approbation,
And got up for me a handsome donation,
Which was presented to me by Sir Green,
In a purse most beautiful to be seen.
"Lines in Memoriam Regarding the Entertainment in Reform Street Hall, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall
For Jesu's sake, who to redeem me deign'd,
And whose each act thy approbation gain'd,
Forgive me, if in ought I've been remiss —
Forgive me all that I have done amiss.
"An Earnest Prayer For Pardon Of Sins" by Rees Prichard
Edward Teach was a native of Bristol, and sailed from that port
On board a privateer, in search of sport,
As one of the crew, during the French War in that station,
And for personal courage he soon gained his Captain's approbation.
"Captain Teach alias Black Beard" by William Topaz McGonagall

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