- 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 sanctioning
While these entities may find common cause in the act of sanctioning, they often espouse different goals.
“This is the first time a pope has talked about sanctioning bishops,” he said.Why Pope Francis’s Apology Isn’t Good Enough for Sex Abuse Victims|Barbie Latza Nadeau|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both countries have cooperated, at times, on sanctioning Iran for its nuclear program.
My CNN column explores the purposes -- and limits -- of sanctioning the Iranian regime.
This leaves the sanctioning countries with only two policies: Regime change or war.
Instead of sanctioning such an alliance it would have received my firmest opposition.The Song of the Wolf|Frank Mayer
Great beings, not in receipt of sacrifice, sanctioning morality.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1|Andrew Lang
It must be construed, if possible, as sanctioning nothing contrary to natural right.The Unconstitutionality of Slavery|Lysander Spooner
Charlemagne, while sanctioning these institutions, tried to arrest the political decomposition.
Brief, the, sanctioning the observances of St. Joseph's, xxxiv.The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus|Teresa of Avila
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.