Imprimi potest  

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The Birth of Venus (detail), a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli
The Birth of Venus (detail), a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli

Imprimi potest (Latin for "it can be printed") is a declaration by a major superior of a Roman Catholic religious institute that a book on questions of religion or morals written by a member of the institute may be printed Superiors make such declarations only after censors charged with examining the books have granted the nihil obstat, a declaration of no objection. Final approval can then be given through the imprimatur ("let it be printed") of the author's bishop or of the bishop of the place of publication.

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