approbation

Definitions:

See Approve.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Commendation; sanction.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
The act of approving; commendation; expression of approval or satisfaction with.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
The act of approving; sanction.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (noun) (n.) (noun)
The act of approving; approval; commendation; probation.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)

Usage examples:

They should be of such a character as to challenge the approbation of the world.
- Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White
He remembered how often he had in vain looked to his mother for a smile of approbation and how he had ever been disappointed.
- Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
It has succeeded very well, and I think I act some of it very well; but my chief pleasure in its success was certainly her approbation
- Records of a Girlhood by Frances Ann Kemble