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.

Imprimi potest is an official approval by the religious superior (or their representative) of a member of a Roman Catholic religious order that allows a work to be published. Two members of the order called Censor Librorum, delegated by the official granting the imprimi potest, must first have issued nihil obstats for the work.

Translated into English, this Latin phrase means "it can be printed."

The Imprimi potest was formerly necessary to obtain an Imprimatur, final approval for the work.

See also

gl:Imprimi potest

pt:Imprimi potest

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