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tr.v. re·proved, re·prov·ing, re·proves
1. To express disapproval to (someone); criticize: reproved the children for making too much noise. See Synonyms at admonish.
2. To express disapproval about (something): "Some bigger boys laughed. But Augustine angrily reproved their frivolity" (Richard Hughes).
[Middle English reproven, from Anglo-Norman repruver, variant of Old French reprover, from Late Latin reprobāre, to disapprove; see reprobate.]
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re•prov•a•ble(rɪˈpru və bəl)
deserving of reproof.
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