- a provision of a law enacting a penalty for disobedience or a reward for obedience.
- the penalty or reward.
verb (used with object)
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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
Pyongyang has given the Obama administration no choice but to retaliate now by imposing sanctions or even an embargo.
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
In his opinion, Rio Tinto has not addressed this provision of the comprehensive sanctions against Iran.
Rio Tinto also reiterated that holdings in the mine are fully compliant with the current sanctions regime.
It is best not to dig and delve for a meaning, Miss Tessa; society sanctions many phrases that you would not speak in sincerity.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
Mamma sanctions the gift, so you need have no scruples about accepting them.Ernest Linwood|Caroline Lee Hentz
The complaint that it sanctions 'expediency' is a simple fallacy.The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)|Leslie Stephen
Every command that sanctions it, sanctions every exercise of Covenanting in which it is used.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
Furthermore, the repressive character of the sanctions which are attached to it is sensibly less accentuated.Introduction to the Science of Sociology|Robert E. Park