- 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 sanctionsapproval, ban, penalty, sentence, injunction, boycott, ratify, warrant, empower, certify, allow, endorse, accredit, approve, permit, backing, consent, assent, authority, recommendation
Examples from the Web for sanctions
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 29, 2014
According to Belkovsky, both officials got out in time to escape new Western sanctions.Recession? Devaluation? Inflation? Putin Tells Russia Stay the Course.
December 4, 2014
Rio Tinto also reiterated that holdings in the mine are fully compliant with the current sanctions regime.McCain Helps a Business Partner of Iran
November 13, 2014
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?
November 10, 2014
Britain, Europe, U.S.A. made their own sanctions against Russia.Igor Meerson, Russia’s Funniest Export
September 24, 2014
Historical Examples of sanctions
When true hearts meet, there is that within which sanctions their love, and says it is good.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Superstition had lent its awful power to the sanctions of religion.
Anything he objects to, or sanctions, I object to, or agree with.The Plunderer
To the workers themselves, on the other hand, such actions have all the sanctions of conscience.Socialism
Mamma sanctions the gift, so you need have no scruples about accepting them.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
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.