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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Examples from the Web for unsanctioned

British Dictionary definitions for unsanctioned



not having been given permission or authorization



final permission; authorization
aid or encouragement
something, such as an ethical principle, that imparts binding force to a rule, oath, etc
the penalty laid down in a law for contravention of its provisions
(often plural) a coercive measure, esp one taken by one or more states against another guilty of violating international law

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 unsanctioned
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