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imprimatur (n.)

1.formal and explicit approval"a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"

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  An imprimi potest, a nihil obstat and an imprimatur (by Richard Cushing) on a book published by Random House in 1953. The book in question is the English translation by Louis J. Gallagher, S.J. of De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas by Matteo Ricci, S.J. and Nicolas Trigault, S.J.

An imprimatur (from Latin, "let it be printed") is, in the proper sense, a declaration authorizing publication of a book. The term is also applied loosely to any mark of approval or endorsement.


  Catholic Church

In the Catholic Church an imprimatur is an official declaration by a Church authority that a book or other printed work may be published.[1][2] Since, according to canon law, this permission must be preceded by a declaration (known as a nihil obstat) by a person charged with the duties of a censor that the work contains nothing damaging to faith or morals,[3] the bishop's authorization of publication is implicitly a public declaration that nothing offensive to Catholic teaching on faith and morals has been found in it. The imprimatur is not an endorsement by the bishop of the contents of a book, not even of the religious opinions expressed in it, being merely a declaration about what is not in the book.[4] In the published work, the imprimatur is sometimes accompanied by a declaration of the following tenor:

The nihil obstat and imprimatur are declarations that a book or pamphlet is free of doctrinal or moral error. No implication is contained therein that those who have granted the nihil obstat or imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions or statements expressed.[5]

The person empowered to issue the imprimatur is the local ordinary of the author or of the place of publication.[6] If he refuses to grant an imprimatur for a work that has received a favourable nihil obstat from the censor, he must inform the author of his reasons for doing so.[7] This enables the author, if he wishes, to make changes so as to overcome the ordinary's difficulty.[8]

If further examination shows that a work is not free of doctrinal or moral error, the imprimatur granted for its publication can be withdrawn. This happened three times in the 1980s, when the Holy See judged that complaints made to it about religion textbooks for schools were well founded and ordered the bishop to revoke his approval.[9]

The imprimatur granted for a publication is not valid for later editions of the same work or for translations into another language. For these, new imprimaturs are required.[10]

The permission of the local ordinary is required for the publication of prayer books, [11] catechisms and other catechetical texts,[12] and school textbooks on Scripture, theology, canon law, church history, or religious or moral subjects.[13] It is recommended, but without obligation, that books on the last-mentioned subjects not intended to be used as school textbooks and all books dealing especially with religious or moral subjects be submitted to the local ordinary for judgement.[14]

In 2011, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades was the first bishop to grant an imprimatur to an iPhone application. [15]

  English law

  Newton's Principia, bearing the imprimatur of Samuel Pepys, then-President of the Royal Society

English laws of 1586, 1637 and 1662 required an official licence for printing books. The 1662 act required that, according to their subject, books needed to receive the authorization, known as the imprimatur, of the Lord Chancellor, the Earl Marshall, a principal Secretary of State, the Archbishop of Canterbury or the Bishop of London. This law finally expired in 1695.[16]

  Other senses

In commercial printing, the term is used, in line with the meaning of the Latin word, of final approval by a customer or his agent, perhaps after review of a test printing, for carrying out the printing job.

As a metaphor, the word "imprimatur" is used loosely of any form of approval or endorsement, especially by an official body or a person of importance,[1] as in the newspaper headline, "Protection of sources now has courts' imprimatur",[17] but also much more vaguely as in "Children, the final imprimatur to family life, are being borrowed, adopted, created by artificial insemination."[18]

  Similar terms

Digital imprimatur is a hypothetical system of internet censorship.

Imprimatur is also the name of a 2002 thriller novel by Rita Monaldi and Francesco Sorti, with the castrato singer Atto Melani as a central character.

In painting, the distinct term "imprimatura" is used of an underlying coat of paint.




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Roman Collar Edward Roberts Moore HC 1951 Imprimatur (10.95 USD)

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