Pragmatic-sanction meaning

An edict or decree issued by a sovereign that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land.
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A royal decree having the force of law.
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A sovereign's solemn decree on a matter of primary importance, having the force of law.
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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