- 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 sanctions
Imam Bheel, as locals call him, was added to a list of worldwide traffickers subject to U.S. sanctions in 2009.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to Belkovsky, both officials got out in time to escape new Western sanctions.Recession? Devaluation? Inflation? Putin Tells Russia Stay the Course.|Anna Nemtsova|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rio Tinto also reiterated that holdings in the mine are fully compliant with the current sanctions regime.
UPDATE: "My firm has done nothing to shield anyone or any entity from any sanctions," Goldin told The Daily Beast in an email.Exclusive: Did This Manhattan Firm Help Shield a Russian Fund From Sanctions?|Bill Conroy|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Britain, Europe, U.S.A. made their own sanctions against Russia.
Yet this power is inconsistent with the idea that the constitution recognizes or sanctions the legality of slavery.The Unconstitutionality of Slavery|Lysander Spooner
Should you come to trial, don't forget to say that the British Government in India sanctions all such exhibitions.The Battle of The Press|Theophila Carlile Campbell
It is the cap, not the man, and his wisdom, that sanctions and legalizes his various acts.
Under the sanctions of religion the covenants of the heart are renewed.The Book of Christmas|Thomas K. Hervey
In the South, society was largely established under the sanctions of royalty.Thirty Years in the Itinerancy|Wesson Gage Miller
Word Origin for sanction
in international diplomacy, 1919, plural of sanction (n.) in the sense of "part or clause of a law which spells out the penalty for breaking it" (1650s).
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.