Definition of on approval in English:

on approval


  • (of goods) supplied on condition that they may be returned if not satisfactory.

    ‘we would be happy to send you a selection on approval’
    • ‘She immediately sent him three tree of life panels on approval, which he returned because ‘I don't think they really suit the style of my house.’’
    • ‘We will rush a framing job when necessary to accommodate and will not add rush fees; we allow work to go out on approval and be returned if it does not work; and we offer free consultation services.’
    • ‘He added that services like discounts, selection, art on approval, flaming, installation, commissions and delivery can help, as well.’
    • ‘As soon as the ministry gives its opinion, the project will be forwarded to the Cabinet, which on approval will submit it to Parliament.’
    • ‘I have it on approval and I'm trying to decide if it's The One, but I can't tell.’
    • ‘‘We have great relationships with our artists and they will send us work on approval to show clients,’ says the 27-year veteran of the art market.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he asks ‘for the article to be sent on approval, along with some other engravings and sketches which appeared in the same catalog’.’
    • ‘They have confidence that at your gallery they will be happily welcomed, you will be eager to show them your merchandise and quick to let you take art home on approval.’
    • ‘And designers want to take out the samples and artwork on approval so they can show them to their customers and see how they will look in the space.’
    • ‘They can take what they bought to their home on approval for a week.’
    on trial, under probation
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