An edict or decree issued by a sovereign that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land.
A royal decree having the force of law.
Origin of pragmatic-sanction
- Translation of Late Latin prāgmatica sānctiō imperial decree referring to the affairs of a community Latin prāgmatica feminine of prāgmaticus referring to civil affairs Latin sānctiō ordinance
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition