- 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 sanctioned
The Moscow protest was not sanctioned, which meant every participant risked arrest.
Before Cuba was shunned and sanctioned, it was a handy place for the randy.Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations?|John L. Smith|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In FDA sanctioned studies using MDMA-assisted therapy to treat veterans with PTSD, the success rate has been astounding.
But in federal court, if you pursue an “objectively baseless” claim, you can be sanctioned by the court (PDF) under Rule 11.Obama Should Counter John Boehner’s Lawsuit—and Here’s How He Can Do It|Dean Obeidallah|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cardin said Tuesday he was not sure yet if Bastrykin was sanctioned secretly by the administration.
Cromwell must have sanctioned this, if he did not encourage it.An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800|Mary Frances Cusack
Judge for yourselves whether he sanctioned such a system of oppression and crime.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus|American Anti-Slavery Society
The engagement had been sanctioned officially by Mrs Bathurst.The Pagan's Cup|Fergus Hume
Let these bachelor customs of yours be sanctioned as entirely suitable—then we should be able to join issue with you.Three Comedies|Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
This rule, then, is founded in the nature of things, and sanctioned by good usage.English Grammar in Familiar Lectures|Samuel Kirkham
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.