- a provision of a law enacting a penalty for disobedience or a reward for obedience.
- the penalty or reward.
verb (used with object)
- sanction mark,
Origin of sanction
Examples from the Web for sanction
If the U.S. moves to sanction Putin and his pals next week, Moscow will definitely strike back.White House Braces for Russian Retaliation Over Ukraine|Josh Rogin|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up legislation to give aid to Ukraine and sanction Russia.
Right on cue, as if to sanction a visit, ten choristers from the Royal Holloway Choir start to sing.
You should ratchet up the sanction and make it clear to Iran that they won't get away with it.
Pressure on the West to sanction or abandon Israel might become unprecedented in severity.
Still, the absolute necessity of some 'sanction' of a spiritual kind seemed clear to him.The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I.|Sir Leslie Stephen
Slavery, therefore, can find no sanction in the law of Moses.The Slavery Question|John Lawrence
No crew shall contend for any public prize, under the name of the club, without the sanction of the committee.Boating|W. B. Woodgate
Will you sanction by your judicial authority transactions done in direct defiance of your legislative authority?
If you admit her, you endorse and give your sanction to all that has been done.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
Word Origin for sanction
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.