• Affirmation, approving. Old Roman
    Affirmation, approving. Old Roman
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n approval the formal act of approving "he gave the project his blessing","his decision merited the approval of any sensible person"
    • n approval a message expressing a favorable opinion "words of approval seldom passed his lips"
    • n approval a feeling of liking something or someone good "although she fussed at them, she secretly viewed all her children with approval"
    • n approval acceptance as satisfactory "he bought it on approval"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Approval Approbation; sanction. "A censor . . . without whose approval no capital sentences are to be executed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n approval The act of approving; approbation; commendation; sanction; ratification.
    • n approval Synonyms Approbation, Approval (see approbation), acceptance, consent, authorization.
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  • Blaise Pascal
    “Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.”
  • Otto Von Bismarck
    “When a man says that he approves something in principal, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of putting it in practice.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.”
  • 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.”


In literature:

I must say, that although so young a person, I was much pleased at Miss Trevannion's approval of my sentiments.
"The Privateer's-Man" by Frederick Marryat
Madame de Ruth's laughter led the chorus of approval at each subtle speech, and they said 'Ah oui!
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Mill approved of Macaulay as the first holder of the post.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
She so far approved that by degrees she almost gave over dancing herself.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
The Pope, of course, approved of it.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Now a bill was approved reducing the number of stripes to thirteen, the number of original States comprising the Union.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
This decision met with the full approval of His Excellency and the general, and, I need hardly say, of the Commissioner.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
There was a buzz of approval made by his friends.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
Yes, I know you don't approve of her, Miss Wentworth; nobody said you were to approve of her.
"The Perpetual Curate" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
It was also generally approved.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

No longer will I ask your love,
Nor seek your friendship more;
The happiness that I approve
Lies not within your power.
"Hymn 10" by Isaac Watts
And dwelt on his approving smile,
And kissed his royal hand,
Who represented, and should wield,
The sceptre of our land;
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
We seek in vain the tender smile
That friendship might approve;
And dwell on ev'ry mental grace,
And ev'ry charm, but love.
"Address To Happiness" by Elizabeth Bath
This artless vow may Heaven receive,
And you, fond maid, approve:
So may your guiding angel give
Whate'er you wish or love.
"Addressed To Miss Macartney, Afterwards Mrs. Greville, On Reading The Prayer For Indifference" by William Cowper
This is the folly of their way;
And yet their sons, as vain,
Approve the words their fathers say,
And act their works again.
"Psalm 49 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Sir Substantive, that man of might,
Felt knightly anger rise;
For he had marked Sir Pronoun's flight
With no approving eyes.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock

In news:

If the merger is approved, one company would control too much popular content and be able to abuse that power.
The Canadian phone giant has sweetened the pot to secure regulatory approval by promising $80 million in new financing for French-language radio and TV content.
The NFL put its stamp of approval on the still-smoldering outcome of the Green Bay-Seattle game.
ATA 's emergence plan — which focuses on such destinations as Cancun, Los Angeles and Las Vegas and includes an increase in military charter business — was approved by a federal bankruptcy judge on Jan 30.
South Dakota State University officials said Friday they want to ask the Legislature this winter for approval to proceed on an indoor training facility.
On the same day, the legislature approved the teacher ratings plan AP /Tim Roske.
Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Announces Repligen Corporation Receives FDA Approval to Begin Phase I Clinical Trial in SMA.
If plan receives state approval, Wakonda patrons will have final word by M.
The Los Angeles City Council took a first step toward pension reform for new civilian employees, voting preliminary approval to a plan to raise the retirement age to 65, cuts benefits and demands higher contributions from workers.
How do you think the rate of success for biologics in clinical development and approval will change in the coming years.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Australia and the Philippines will discuss greater security cooperation and visits by Australian forces for exercises with Filipino troops under a newly approved pact, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Sunday.
The Planning Commission approved a business license with a 3-0 vote to allow boat building at 521 Industrial Drive and approved a conditional use permit for a fitness club at 1471 B St, suite D.
Approval Ratings Obama as president Approve 68% Disapprove 29.
Argentina's Senate has approved a controversial government bill to nationalize the country's biggest oil company, YPF, paving the way for likely approval by the lower house next week.
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that replaces many of the provisions in a dog-breeding law approved by voters last year.

In science:

Req.36] The system shall, upon attempting a Close general request operation, if the request approval criterion is met, display a message to the user stating he is not authorized to perform the operation.
Software Requirements Specification of the IUfA's UUIS -- a Team 3 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach
Figure 2.6.2 Approve/Formalize a Pending Request. A view of the function is shown with a use-case diagram (panel A) and an activity diagram (panel B).
Software Design Document, Testing, Deployment and Configuration Management of the UUIS--a Team 2 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach
The request approved, or the request is re-submitted at the permission level of user.
Software Requirements Specification of the IUfA's UUIS -- a Team 2 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach
System asks user to confirm the approval. 5.
Software Requirements Specification of the IUfA's UUIS -- a Team 2 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach
System saves the request and displays a “Request approval/formalization successful” message. 1.1.
Software Requirements Specification of the IUfA's UUIS -- a Team 2 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach