nihil obstatni·hil ob·stat
- R.C.Ch. a printed phrase, followed by the name of an officially appointed censor, indicating that the publication carrying the phrase has been examined and judged free of doctrinal or moral error
- any official indication of nonopposition
Origin of nihil obstatL, nothing obstructs
- Roman Catholic Church An attestation by a church censor that a book contains nothing damaging to faith or morals.
- Official approval, especially of an artistic work.
Origin of nihil obstatLatin, nothing hinders : nihil, nothing + obstat, third person sing. present tense of obstare, to hinder.
(plural nihil obstats)
- A declaration used by the Catholic Church to indicate a book has been found not to have breached religious or moral norms.