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ap·prov·al / əˈproōvəl/ • n. 1. the action of officially agreeing to something or accepting something as satisfactory: the road plans have been given approval. ∎  the belief that someone or something is good or acceptable: step-parents need to win a child's approval.2. (usu. approvals) Philately stamps sent by request to a collector or potential customer.PHRASES: on approval (of goods) supplied on condition that they may be returned if not satisfactory.seal (or stamp) of approval an official statement or indication that something is accepted or regarded favorably.


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The present confirmation, ratification, or assent to some action or thing done by another, which is submitted to an individual, group, or governmental body for judgment. The acceptance by a judge of a bond, security, or other document that is required by law to meet with the judge's satisfaction before it becomes legally effective.