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im·pri·ma·tur

 (ĭm′prə-mä′to͝or, -mā′tər)
n.
1. Official approval or license to print or publish, especially as granted by a censor or an ecclesiastical authority.
2.
a. Official approval; sanction: Does their idea get your imprimatur?
b. A mark of official approval: a directive bearing the imprimatur of high officials.

[From New Latin imprimātur, let it be printed, third person sing. present subjunctive passive of Latin imprimere, to imprint; see impress1.]

imprimatur

(ˌɪmprɪˈmeɪtə; -ˈmɑː-)
n
1. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a licence granted by a bishop certifying the Church's approval of a book to be published
2. sanction, authority, or approval, esp for something to be printed
[C17: New Latin, literally: let it be printed]

im•pri•ma•tur

(ˌɪm prɪˈmɑ tər, -ˈmeɪ-, ɪmˈprɪm əˌtʊər, -ˌtyʊər)

n.
1. permission to print or publish a book, pamphlet, etc., granted by a bishop's authority after such work has received a censor's clearance. Compare nihil obstat.
2. sanction; approval.
[1630–40; < New Latin: let it be printed, Latin: let it be made by pressing upon (something)]

imprimatur

permission, particularly that given by the Roman Catholic Church, to publish or print; hence, any sanction or approval. (Latin: ‘let it be printed.’)
See also: Catholicism
permission, particularly that given by the Roman Catholic Church, to publish or print; hence, any sanction or approval.
See also: Printing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imprimatur - formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
commendation, approval - a message expressing a favorable opinion; "words of approval seldom passed his lips"
O.K., okay, okeh, okey, OK - an endorsement; "they gave us the O.K. to go ahead"
visa - an endorsement made in a passport that allows the bearer to enter the country issuing it
nihil obstat - the phrase used by the official censor of the Roman Catholic Church to say that a publication has been examined and contains nothing offensive to the church
Translations
imprimaturjulkaisulupa
imprimatúra

imprimatur

[ɪmprɪˈmeɪtəʳ] N (Publishing) (also fig) → imprimátur m

imprimatur

n (form)Imprimatur nt
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Add to this a sense that specifically religious directives on the topics will get governmental imprimaturs as well, and I think you have a recipe for unwarranted and unconstitutional intrusion.
Professional associations and unions will provide both learning and imprimaturs. And one's portfolio of adult work will ultimately matter more than one's youthful report card.
This book comes with enthusiastic imprimaturs and nihil obstats by Tom Wolfe, William E Buckley Jr., Peggy Noonan, P.J.