Variant of sanction
- 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
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