Approbation is an official, important-sounding, and somewhat old-fashioned word for approval or praise. A princess, for example, might only consider marrying a prince that is met with her father's, the King's, approbation.

How is it possible that approbation means approval when probation is a form of being in trouble in school? Remember that probation is a testing period, to see if you can be good. Approbation means it's all good. Or you can remember this rhyme: "Filled with approbation, the audience gave a standing ovation."

Definitions of approbation

n official approval

Type of:
a feeling of liking something or someone good

n official recognition or approval

condemnation, disapprobation
an expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable
Type of:
approval, commendation
a message expressing a favorable opinion

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