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[Latin, Let it be printed.] A license or allowance, granted by the constituted authorities, giving permission to print and publish a book. This allowance was formerly necessary in England before any book could lawfully be printed, and in some other countries is still required.

See: charter, leave, license, permission

IMPRIMATUR. A license or allowance to one to print.
     2. At one time, before a book could be printed in England, it was requisite that a permission should be obtained that permission was called an imprimatur. In some countries where the press is liable to censure, an imprimatur is required.

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In that closed-door session, the bishops discussed Rome's insistence that the imprimatur be lifted and decided that, even though canon law made no provision for such a demand, they would comply.
She details first how her anxiety about being an autodidact, lacking the imprimatur of an ivory-tower diploma, was relieved by Bourdieu's work on the "symbolic violence" imposed by the legitimating culture of higher education.
He was able to precisely identify not only the denominations of the bills, but the imprimatur of the bank on the envelope which held them.
The brewer is selling its new "one hop, one malt" Imperial pils in 750-ml ceramic swing-top bottles bearing the imprimatur of "Iron Chef" Morimoto.
Regarded as a marginal writer for nearly all of his career, today he stands as one of the untainted giants of 20th century letters; a kind of secular saint, whose moral imprimatur is continuously sought for the ideals put forth by advocates on all sides of important political and moral debates.
Supreme Court had put its permissive imprimatur on the Boy Scouts of America's theological exclusion of gay boys and men from its troops, my mind leapfrogged to Prof.
After all, 6-year-olds are not constitutional scholars able to readily separate the imprimatur of the school from the personal views of a fellow student.
Perhaps, I thought, Clancy's highly placed government connections asked him to publish this book to put his imprimatur on an anti-encryption policy that is increasingly being questioned both in the press and by civil liberties groups.
This common mistake dates from a misprint in the Cuban passport that the ballerina used for her first travels to the United States in the 1930s, but surely a reference work carrying the Oxford imprimatur should know better.
It was Sotheby's expertise that created a dependency on the part of traffickers in the symbols of class -- whether buyers or sellers -- that, ironically, slowly raised Sotheby's to the point that the name itself was a kind of imprimatur of class.
Vatican officials have overruled a 1994 decision by a bishop in England, ordering him to withdraw his imprimatur from a popular religious education text that had come under attack from conservatives.