Nihil-obstat meaning

nīhĭl ŏbstät, -stăt, nē-
(roman catholic church) An attestation by a church censor that a book contains nothing damaging to faith or morals.
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Official approval, especially of an artistic work.
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(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.
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Any official indication of nonopposition.
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A declaration used by the Catholic Church to indicate a book has been found not to have breached religious or moral norms.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
nihil-obstat
Plural:
nihil-obstats

Origin of nihil-obstat

  • Latin nothing hinders nihil nothing obstat third person sing. present tense of obstāre to hinder

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin nihil (“nothing") + obstat (“hinders")

    From Wiktionary