[uncountable] disapproval (of somebody/something) a feeling that you do not like an idea, an action or somebody’s behaviour because you think it is bad, not suitable or going to have a bad effect on somebody else disapproval of his methods to show/express disapproval He shook his head in disapproval. She looked at my clothes with disapproval. opposite approvalExtra examples Agatha took this as a sign of disapproval. Dr Ali gave a great sniff of disapproval. Early murmurs of disapproval were quickly silenced. Even at this distance she could sense his disapproval. Harold noted the boy’s earring with disapproval. Her face registered her disapproval. Her lip curled in disapproval. More than a hint of disapproval was in the boy’s voice. Seeing the look of disapproval on the doctor’s face, I put out my cigarette. Several countries have expressed their strong disapproval of the law. She was stiff with disapproval at the notion. The President’s disapproval rating has hit 55%. The decision met with widespread public disapproval. The latest poll has him at 47% approval and 49% disapproval. The students are showing their disapproval by refusing to attend lectures. There is strong social disapproval for these activities. There was a chorus of disapproval from the crowd. To mark his disapproval he refused to go to the wedding. his disapproval of Wallace’s conduct parental disapproval of smoking He shook his head in disapproval. Protesters took to the streets to express their disapproval. She looked at my clothes with disapproval. There was a look of strong disapproval on my parents’ faces.