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ni·hil ob·stat(nī′hĭl ŏb′stät′, -stăt′, nē′-)
1. Roman Catholic Church An attestation by a church censor that a book contains nothing damaging to faith or morals.
2. Official approval, especially of an artistic work.
[Latin, nothing hinders : nihil, nothing + obstat, third person sing. present tense of obstāre, to hinder.]
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(Roman Catholic Church) the phrase used by a Roman Catholic censor to declare publication inoffensive to faith or morals
[Latin, literally: nothing hinders]
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ni•hil ob•stat(ˈnaɪ hɪl ˈɒb stæt, ˈni-)
certification from a Roman Catholic censor stating that a work contains nothing contrary to faith or morals. Compare imprimatur.
[1885–90; < Latin]
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|Noun||1.||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|
|2.||nihil obstat - authoritative approval|
sanction - the act of final authorization; "it had the sanction of the church"
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