(in the Roman Catholic Church) a certification by an official censor that a book is not objectionable on doctrinal or moral grounds.‘For example, a book on Catholic bioethics may have received the nihil obstat and imprimatur.’
permission, consent, leave, licence, dispensation, warrant, clearance
- ‘This is his opinion, which we respect, but the nihil obstat and imprimatur cannot be used to authorize nor approve a private revelation.’
- ‘He pleaded that she do everything possible-even if it took a miracle-so that they would receive the nihil obstat they needed so badly.’
Latin, literally ‘nothing hinders’.
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