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sanction

[ sangk-shuhn ]
/ ˈsæŋk ʃən /
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noun
verb (used with object)
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Origin of sanction

First recorded in 1555–65; from Latin sānctiōn- (stem of sānctiō ), equivalent to sānct(us) (past participle of sancīre “to prescribe by law”) + -iōn- noun suffix; see -ion

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How to use sanction in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sanction

sanction
/ (ˈsæŋkʃən) /

noun
verb (tr)
to give authority to; permit
to make authorized; confirm

Derived forms of sanction

sanctionable, 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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