Nihil Obstat Definition

nīhĭl ŏbstät, -stăt, nē-
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.
Webster's New World
An attestation by a church censor that a book contains nothing damaging to faith or morals.
American Heritage
Official approval, especially of an artistic work.
American Heritage
Any official indication of nonopposition.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Nihil Obstat


nihil obstat

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

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