sanction

[ sangk-shuhn ]
/ ˈsæŋk ʃən /

noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. sanctified,
  2. sanctify,
  3. sanctimonious,
  4. sanctimoniously,
  5. sanctimony,
  6. sanction mark,
  7. sanctions,
  8. sanctitude,
  9. sanctity,
  10. sanctuary

Origin of sanction

1555–65; < Latin sānctiōn- (stem of sānctiō), equivalent to sānct(us) (past participle of sancīre to prescribe by law) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for sanctions

sanction

/ (ˈsæŋkʃən) /

noun

verb (tr)

to give authority to; permit
to make authorized; confirm
Derived Formssanctionable, adjectivesanctioner, nounsanctionless, adjective

Word Origin for sanction

C16: from Latin sanctiō the establishment of an inviolable decree, from sancīre to decree

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Word Origin and History for sanctions
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