- Sanction is a penalty for wrongful action.
An example of sanction is jail time.
- To sanction is for a recognized authority to give approval to something.
An example of sanction is when a parent lets his child leave school.
- the act of a recognized authority confirming or ratifying an action; authorized approval or permission
- support; encouragement; approval
- something that gives binding force to a law, or secures obedience to it, as the penalty for breaking it, or a reward for carrying it out
- something, as a moral principle or influence, that makes a rule of conduct, a law, etc. binding
- : often used in pl.
- a coercive measure, as a blockade of shipping, usually taken by several nations together, for forcing a nation considered to have violated international law to end the violation
- a coercive measure, as a boycott, taken by a group to enforce demands
- Obs. a formal decree; law
Origin of sanction; from French or L: French ; from Classical Latin sanctio ; from sanctus: see saint
- to ratify or confirm
- to authorize or permit; countenance
- Authoritative permission or approval that makes a course of action valid. See Synonyms at permission.
- Support or encouragement, as from public opinion or established custom.
- A consideration, influence, or principle that dictates an ethical choice.
- a. The penalty for noncompliance with a law or legal order.b. A penalty, specified or in the form of moral pressure, that acts to ensure compliance with a social standard or norm.c. A coercive measure adopted usually by several nations acting together against a nation violating international law.
transitive verbsanc·tioned, sanc·tion·ing, sanc·tions
- To give official authorization or approval to: voting rights that are sanctioned by law.
- To encourage or tolerate by indicating approval: His colleagues sanctioned his new research.
- To penalize, as for violating a moral principle or international law: “Half of the public defenders of accused murderers were sanctioned by the Texas bar for legal misbehavior or incompetence” (Garry Wills).
Origin of sanctionMiddle English, enactment of a law, from Old French, ecclesiastical decree, from Latin sānctiō, sānctiōn-, binding law, penal sanction, from sānctus, holy; see sanctify.
- An approval, by an authority, generally one that makes something valid.
- A penalty, or some coercive measure, intended to ensure compliance; especially one adopted by several nations, or by an international body.
- A law, treaty, or contract, or a clause within a law, treaty, or contract, specifying the above.
(third-person singular simple present sanctions, present participle sanctioning, simple past and past participle sanctioned)
From French sanction.
sanction - Investment & Finance Definition
- Any of various penalties that may be imposed against an entity or an individual who has violated federal securities laws.
- Any of various penalties that may be imposed against a government, typically by using trade sanctions. In addition, international organizations such as the United Nations may issue sanctions against countries as a deterrent to undesirable activities.
sanction - Legal Definition