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sanction

[ sangk-shuhn ]
/ ˈsæŋk ʃən /
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noun

verb (used with object)

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Nearby words

sanctified, sanctify, sanctimonious, sanctimoniously, sanctimony, sanction, sanction mark, sanctions, sanctitude, sanctity, sanctuary

Origin of sanction

1555–65; < Latin sānctiōn- (stem of sānctiō), equivalent to sānct(us) (past participle of sancīre to prescribe by law) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for non-sanction

sanction

/ (ˈsæŋkʃən) /

noun

verb (tr)

to give authority to; permit
to make authorized; confirm
Derived Formssanctionable, 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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