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official permission to do something
  • How to Memorize
    • imprimatur - permission
  • Analysis

    In its strictest, most technical sense, an ‘imprimatur’ is official permission to print or publish something that is given by the Catholic Church. However, this formal word is most commonly used in a more general sense to express something that has been sanctioned or given support by somebody of importance or in a position of authority.

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    Antonymsrepudiationembargo, prohibition,
  • Example(s)
    1. Sarah didn’t act independently when she made that transaction. She had the imprimatur of the boss to do so.

    2. Everything is in place for construction to begin on the project, but it cannot go ahead without the imprimatur of the local council.

    3. The editorial board must be very careful in their vetting process because every article that ends up being printed will automatically have the imprimatur of the newspaper attached to it.