Etymology
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approval (n.)

"commendation, sanction," 1680s, from approve + -al (2). According to OED, "Rare bef. 1800; now generally used instead of" approvance (1590s, from French aprovance).

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Definitions of approval

approval (n.)
the formal act of approving;
his decision merited the approval of any sensible person
Synonyms: blessing / approving
approval (n.)
a feeling of liking something or someone good;
although she fussed at them, she secretly viewed all her children with approval
approval (n.)
acceptance as satisfactory;
he bought it on approval
Synonyms: favorable reception / favourable reception
approval (n.)
a message expressing a favorable opinion;
words of approval seldom passed his lips
Synonyms: commendation
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