- a provision of a law enacting a penalty for disobedience or a reward for obedience.
- the penalty or reward.
verb (used with object)
Origin of sanction
Synonyms for sanction
Antonyms for sanction
Related Words for sanctionapproval, ban, penalty, sentence, injunction, boycott, ratify, warrant, empower, certify, allow, endorse, accredit, approve, permit, backing, consent, assent, authority, recommendation
Examples from the Web for sanction
Contemporary Examples of 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
March 14, 2014
Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up legislation to give aid to Ukraine and sanction Russia.GOP Senators Line Up Against Ukraine Aid Bill
March 12, 2014
Right on cue, as if to sanction a visit, ten choristers from the Royal Holloway Choir start to sing.Seduced by Art & Beauty ‘At the House of Mr X’
January 17, 2014
You should ratchet up the sanction and make it clear to Iran that they won't get away with it.How Netanyahu's Iran Policy Ends Badly
July 16, 2013
Pressure on the West to sanction or abandon Israel might become unprecedented in severity.Think Twice About Jews On The Temple Mount
Edward S. Goldstein
June 27, 2013
Historical Examples of sanction
But your father has given his sanction to your brother's dislikes, your uncles', and every body's!
I am sure they will, if you please to give them your sanction.
But how does this fact prove that the Bible does not sanction slavery?Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
My daughter must be consulted—have you received her sanction?Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
The consolidation still required the sanction of the legislature.The Railroad Question
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.