sanction

[ sangk-shuhn ]
/ ˈsæŋk ʃən /

noun

verb (used with object)

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 unsanctioned (1 of 2)

unsanctioned

/ (ʌnˈsæŋkʃənd) /

adjective

not having been given permission or authorization

British Dictionary definitions for unsanctioned (2 of 2)

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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