Definition of Sanction

1. Noun. Formal and explicit approval. "A Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"

Exact synonyms: Countenance, Endorsement, Imprimatur, Indorsement, Warrant
Generic synonyms: Approval, Commendation
Specialized synonyms: O.k., Ok, Okay, Okeh, Okey, Visa, Nihil Obstat
Derivative terms: Countenance, Endorse, Indorse



2. Verb. Give sanction to. "I approve of his educational policies"
Exact synonyms: Approve, O.k., Okay
Generic synonyms: Authorise, Authorize, Clear, Pass
Specialized synonyms: Visa, Back, Endorse, Indorse, Plump For, Plunk For, Support, Confirm
Derivative terms: Approbation, Approbative, Approval, Approver, O.k., Ok, Okay
Antonyms: Disapprove

3. Noun. A mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards.
Generic synonyms: Social Control

4. Verb. Give authority or permission to.
Generic synonyms: Authorise, Authorize, Empower
Derivative terms: Sanctionative

5. Noun. Official permission or approval. "Authority for the program was renewed several times"
Exact synonyms: Authorisation, Authority, Authorization
Generic synonyms: Permission
Derivative terms: Authorise, Authorize

6. Verb. Give religious sanction to, such as through on oath. "Sanctify the marriage"
Generic synonyms: Approve, O.k., Okay

7. Noun. The act of final authorization. "It had the sanction of the church"
Generic synonyms: Authorisation, Authorization, Empowerment
Specialized synonyms: Benefit Of Clergy, Name, Nihil Obstat

Definition of Sanction

1. n. Solemn or ceremonious ratification; an official act of a superior by which he ratifies and gives validity to the act of some other person or body; establishment or furtherance of anything by giving authority to it; confirmation; approbation.

2. v. t. To give sanction to; to ratify; to confirm; to approve.

Definition of Sanction

1. Noun. An approval, by an authority, generally one that makes something valid. ¹

2. Noun. A penalty, or some coercive measure, intended to ensure compliance; especially one adopted by several nations, or by an international body. ¹

3. Noun. A law, treaty, or contract, or a clause within a law, treaty, or contract, specifying the above. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To ratify; to make valid. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To give official authorization or approval to; to countenance. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To penalize (a State etc.) with sanctions. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sanction

1. to authorize [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: authorize

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sanction

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sanction (current term)
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Literary usage of Sanction

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Called Frederick the Great: Called by Thomas Carlyle (1873)
"All men had notice enough of this Imperial bit of Sheepskin, before they got done with it, five-and-twenty years hence.7 A very famous Pragmatic sanction; ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1909)
"Curiously enough, the first guarantor of the Pragmatic sanction was Philip V, Charles' successful rival in Spain. On hostile terms with England and Holland, ..."

3. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1895)
"tude for the sanction. The moral tendency of the first is satisfied by the second, in much the same manner as the tendency of hunger is satisfied by the act ..."

4. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham (1879)
"The of nature, not^purposely modified by the interposition of the sanction. will of any human being, nor by any extraordinary interposition of any superior ..."

5. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1916)
"THE sanction OF INTERNATIONAL LAW In a recent editorial of one of the legal periodicals, the author quotes Alexander Hamilton's statement in the Federalist, ..."

6. Ethics: Or, Moral Philosophy by Walter Henry Hill (1884)
"sanction OF- LAW. When reward and punishment are regarded as confirming law by adding extrinsic means for persuading or enforcing obedience, they constitute ..."

7. The Reformation by George Park Fisher (1877)
"This fact is illustrated in the surrender of the Pragmatic sanction by Francis I. to Leo X. (1516). In 1438, after the Council of Basel had passed its ..."

8. The Reformation by Williston Walker (1873)
"This fact is illustrated in the surrender of the Pragmatic sanction by Francis I. to Leo X. (1516). In 1438, after the Council of Basel had passed its ..."

9. History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Called Frederick the Great: Called by Thomas Carlyle (1873)
"All men had notice enough of this Imperial bit of Sheepskin, before they got done with it, five-and-twenty years hence.7 A very famous Pragmatic sanction; ..."

10. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1909)
"Curiously enough, the first guarantor of the Pragmatic sanction was Philip V, Charles' successful rival in Spain. On hostile terms with England and Holland, ..."

11. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1895)
"tude for the sanction. The moral tendency of the first is satisfied by the second, in much the same manner as the tendency of hunger is satisfied by the act ..."

12. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham (1879)
"The of nature, not^purposely modified by the interposition of the sanction. will of any human being, nor by any extraordinary interposition of any superior ..."

13. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1916)
"THE sanction OF INTERNATIONAL LAW In a recent editorial of one of the legal periodicals, the author quotes Alexander Hamilton's statement in the Federalist, ..."

14. Ethics: Or, Moral Philosophy by Walter Henry Hill (1884)
"sanction OF- LAW. When reward and punishment are regarded as confirming law by adding extrinsic means for persuading or enforcing obedience, they constitute ..."

15. The Reformation by George Park Fisher (1877)
"This fact is illustrated in the surrender of the Pragmatic sanction by Francis I. to Leo X. (1516). In 1438, after the Council of Basel had passed its ..."

16. The Reformation by Williston Walker (1873)
"This fact is illustrated in the surrender of the Pragmatic sanction by Francis I. to Leo X. (1516). In 1438, after the Council of Basel had passed its ..."

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