- 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 unsanctionedworthless, inoperative, unreal, invalid, ineffective, unwarranted, wrongful, unofficial, illegal, unconstitutional, unlawful, unjustified, illegitimate, pirated, unapproved, null, contraband, illicit, unauthorized, informal
Examples from the Web for unsanctioned
Contemporary Examples of unsanctioned
Many are invoking the doctrine of “responsibility to protect,” or RtoP, to justify immediate and unsanctioned action.What Assad Wants in Syria: Unsanctioned International Military Action
February 15, 2012
Historical Examples of unsanctioned
The next day I took an unsanctioned holiday after the morning's lecture.Tono Bungay
H. G. Wells
She had no idea of settling down into a commonplace engagement, sanctioned or unsanctioned.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
Not long before this a simple shepherd had been sentenced to be burned on account of unsanctioned preaching.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)
He extended his hand in a dumb farewell, when, all unsanctioned by his will, the voice of despair escaped him in a low groan.The Grandissimes
George Washington Cable
Nothing awakens anger in hot blood sooner than an unsanctioned touch.The Light of Scarthey
Word Origin for sanction
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.