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1. Official approval or license to print or publish, especially as granted by a censor or an ecclesiastical authority.
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.]
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)
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)]
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
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|Noun||1.||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"
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