To disapprove is to object to something, or frown on it. Your parents, worried about head injuries, might disapprove of your joining the football team.

You can say that you disapprove of violence in movies and video games, or that you disapprove of censorship of any kind. Almost everyone disapproves of things like drunk driving or being cruel to animals. In all of these examples, to disapprove is to believe something is wrong or bad. Originally, in the 15th century, the word meant "disprove," but by the mid-1600s the meaning shifted to "the reverse of approve."

Definitions of disapprove

v consider bad or wrong

judge to be right or commendable; think well of
frown on, frown upon
look disapprovingly upon
show disapproval by discouraging
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

v deem wrong or inappropriate

“I disapprove of her child rearing methods”
O.K., approve, okay, sanction
give sanction to
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express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent
express strong disapproval of; deplore
deter, discourage
try to prevent; show opposition to
demur, except
take exception to
challenge, take exception
raise a formal objection in a court of law
carp, cavil, chicane
raise trivial objections
be offended or bothered by; take offense with, be bothered by
argue in protest or opposition
make a stink, raise a stink, raise hell
take strong and forceful action, as to object or express discontent
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

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