nihil obstat

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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.]

nihil obstat

(Roman Catholic Church) the phrase used by a Roman Catholic censor to declare publication inoffensive to faith or morals
[Latin, literally: nothing hinders]

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
imprimatur, sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, warrant - formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
2.nihil obstat - authoritative approval
sanction - the act of final authorization; "it had the sanction of the church"
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This book comes with enthusiastic imprimaturs and nihil obstats by Tom Wolfe, William E Buckley Jr.
Ably assisted by various grants, graduate students and ever obliging departmental staff, Professor Patterson has produced a ponderous tome which comes complete with various imprimaturs and nihil obstats from academic colleagues.