[ sangk-shuhn ]
/ ˈsæŋk ʃən /
authoritative permission or approval, as for an action.
something that serves to support an action, condition, etc.
something that gives binding force, as to an oath, rule of conduct, etc.
- a provision of a law enacting a penalty for disobedience or a reward for obedience.
- the penalty or reward.
International Law. action by one or more states toward another state calculated to force it to comply with legal obligations.
verb (used with object)
to authorize, approve, or allow: an expression now sanctioned by educated usage.
to ratify or confirm: to sanction a law.
to impose a sanction on; penalize, especially by way of discipline.
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Origin of sanction
1555–65; <Latin sānctiōn- (stem of sānctiō), equivalent to sānct(us) (past participle of sancīre to prescribe by law) + -iōn--ion
OTHER WORDS FROM sanction
sanc·tion·a·ble, adjectivesanc·tion·a·tive, adjectivesanc·tion·er, nounsanc·tion·less, adjective
non·sanc·tion, nounnon·sanc·tioned, adjectivequasi-sanctioned, adjectivere·sanc·tion, verb (used with object)su·per·sanc·tion, verb (used with object), nounun·sanc·tion·a·ble, adjectiveun·sanc·tioned, adjectiveun·sanc·tion·ing, adjectivewell-sanctioned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sanction
/ (ˈsæŋkʃən) /
final permission; authorization
aid or encouragement
something, such as an ethical principle, that imparts binding force to a rule, oath, etc
the penalty laid down in a law for contravention of its provisions
(often plural) a coercive measure, esp one taken by one or more states against another guilty of violating international law
to give authority to; permit
to make authorized; confirm
Derived forms of sanctionsanctionable, adjectivesanctioner, nounsanctionless, adjective
Word Origin for sanction
C16: from Latin sanctiō the establishment of an inviolable decree, from sancīre to decree
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