- 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.
sanction definition by Webster's New World
- 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
- Obsolete a formal decree; law
Origin: ; from French or L: French ; from Classical Latin sanctio ; from sanctus: see saint
- to ratify or confirm
- to authorize or permit; countenance
- sanctionable adjective
sanction definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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. A law or decree.b. The penalty for noncompliance specified in a law or decree.
- A penalty, specified or in the form of moral pressure, that acts to ensure compliance or conformity.
- A coercive measure adopted usually by several nations acting together against a nation violating international law.
- To give official authorization or approval to: “The president, we are told, has sanctioned greed at the cost of compassion” (David Rankin).
- To encourage or tolerate by indicating approval. See Synonyms at approve.
- To penalize, especially for violating a moral principle or international law.
Origin: Middle English, enactment of a law, from Old French, ecclesiastical decree, from Latin sānctiō, sānctiōn-, binding law, penal sanction, from sānctus, holy; see sanctify.
- sancˈtion·a·ble adjective
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