Imprimatur Law and Legal Definition

Imprimatur is a Latin term meaning, "let it be printed". It is a license that authorizes publication of a book. Imprimatur is a general grant of approval. It also means a commendatory license or sanction. Generally, the person empowered to issue the imprimatur is the local ordinary of the author or of the place of publication. If the local ordinary refuses to grant an imprimatur for a work that has received a favorable approval from the censor, it must inform the author of his/her reasons for doing so. This enables the author, if s/he wishes, to make changes so as to overcome the ordinary's difficulty.