on approval

on ap·prov·al
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn uh-proo-vuh l]
    • /ɒn, ɔn əˈpru vəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn uh-proo-vuh l]
    • /ɒn, ɔn əˈpru vəl/

Definitions of on approval words

  • noun on approval the act of approving; approbation. 1
  • noun on approval formal permission or sanction. 1
  • noun on approval Philately. one of a group of selected stamps sent by a dealer to a prospective customer for examination and either purchase or return. 1
  • idioms on approval on approval, without obligation to buy unless satisfactory to the customer upon trial or examination and, otherwise, returnable: We ship merchandise on approval. 1
  • adverb on approval on a trial basis 1
  • noun on approval (of articles for sale) for examination with an option to buy or return 0

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Origin of on approval

First appearance:

before 1680
One of the 48% oldest English words
First recorded in 1680-90; approve + -al2

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Parts of speech for On approval


on approval popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

on approval usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for on approval

adj on approval

  • developmental — Developmental means relating to the development of someone or something.

adjective on approval

  • experiential — Involving or based on experience and observation.
  • experimental — (of a new invention or product) based on untested ideas or techniques and not yet established or finalized.
  • laboratory — a building, part of a building, or other place equipped to conduct scientific experiments, tests, investigations, etc., or to manufacture chemicals, medicines, or the like.

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