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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Kaltenbach's work haunts current art procedures: Where Tino Sehgal stridently authorizes and controls "his" immateriality by relying on institutional imprimatur to publicize and textually materialize his investment in signatory ego, notoriety, and recognition, Kaltenbach has always been more interested in circulating ideas--literally--on the free market, unsigned.
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(1.) Ham/Hamilton Laughlin's famous characterization of poor southern whites, though stated in the 1925 case that eventually gave constitutional imprimatur to the compulsory sterilization of the "unfit," reflected the attitudes of many southern Sunday school advocates.
Now that Beck's is going to be a stand-alone Interbrew unit, the company wanted to put its imprimatur on BNA.
It also diverts private and state funds to programs that bear its imprimatur.
"Basically the governor has put the imprimatur of the state on the notion that we will not discriminate," said Democratic state senator Ernesto Scorsone, who first suggested the move to Patton.
An imprimatur from social investors and activists isn't something Kraemer has been seeking.
"For emerging artists, the UCLA imprimatur means that other presenters will take the artists much more seriously."
To have to wait for the imprimatur of such individuals is my major challenge," she laments.
Test-tube babies are denied the papal imprimatur because they represent the hubris of engineering what was once universally considered a matter of divine will or natural law.