approbation (n.)
proof, confirmation, attestation
Cym I.v.121[Iachimo to Posthumus] Would I had put my estate ... on th'approbation of what I have spoke!
MM V.i.243[Duke to Isabella and Friar Peter, of Angelo] think'st thou thy oaths ... / Were testimonies against his worth and credit / That's sealed in approbation
TN III.iv.178[Sir Toby to Sir Andrew] a terrible oath ... gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him
WT II.i.177[Leontes to Antigonus, of Hermione and Polixenes] Camillo's flight, / Added to their familiarity ... / That lacked sight only, naught for approbation / But only seeing
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