im·pri·ma·tur (ĭm′prə-mätr, -mātər)
1. Official approval or license to print or publish, especially as granted by a censor or an ecclesiastical authority.
a. Official approval; sanction: Does their idea get your imprimatur?
b. A mark of official approval: a directive bearing the imprimatur of high officials.
[From New Latin imprimātur, let it be printed, third person sing. present subjunctive passive of Latin imprimere, to imprint; see IMPRESS1.]
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