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tr.v. ap·pro·bat·ed, ap·pro·bat·ing, ap·pro·bates
To sanction officially; authorize.

[Middle English approbaten, from Latin approbāre, approbāt-, to approve; see approve.]

ap′pro·ba′tive, ap·pro′ba·to′ry (ə-prō′bə-tôr′ē) adj.
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Adj.1.approbative - expressing or manifesting praise or approval; "approbative criticism"; "an affirmative nod"
favorable, favourable - encouraging or approving or pleasing; "a favorable reply"; "he received a favorable rating"; "listened with a favorable ear"; "made a favorable impression"
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