Many are invoking the doctrine of “responsibility to protect,” or RtoP, to justify immediate and unsanctioned action.
He extended his hand in a dumb farewell, when, all unsanctioned by his will, the voice of despair escaped him in a low groan.
Not long before this a simple shepherd had been sentenced to be burned on account of unsanctioned preaching.
The next day I took an unsanctioned holiday after the morning's lecture.
Nothing awakens anger in hot blood sooner than an unsanctioned touch.
The consequence of this unsanctioned proceeding, was precisely what might have been expected.
All attempts to deviate from the natural way are, therefore, unsanctioned by the nature of things.
unsanctioned by any church were the books Dr. Michell starved his body to buy from Jews or other furtive dealers in unusual wares.
Gold in the end, unsanctioned by right divine, weighs up the other forces, supernatural as they are.
She had no idea of settling down into a commonplace engagement, sanctioned or unsanctioned.
early 15c., "confirmation or enactment of a law," from Latin sanctionem (nominative sanctio) "act of decreeing or ordaining," also "decree, ordinance," noun of action from past participle stem of sancire "to decree, confirm, ratify, make sacred" (see saint (n.)). Originally especially of ecclesiastical decrees.
1778, "confirm by sanction, make valid or binding;" 1797 as "to permit authoritatively;" from sanction (n.). Seemingly contradictory meaning "impose a penalty on" is from 1956 but is rooted in an old legalistic sense of the noun. Related: Sanctioned; sanctioning.