Definition of "sanction" []

  • Authoritative permission or approval that makes a course of action valid. See Synonyms at permission. (noun)
  • Support or encouragement, as from public opinion or established custom. (noun)
  • A consideration, influence, or principle that dictates an ethical choice. (noun)
  • A law or decree. (noun)
  • The penalty for noncompliance specified in a law or decree. (noun)
  • Final permission; authorization (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Aid or encouragement (noun)
  • Something, such as an ethical principle, that imparts binding force to a rule, oath, etc (noun)
  • The penalty laid down in a law for contravention of its provisions (noun)
  • A coercive measure, esp one taken by one or more states against another guilty of violating international law (noun)
  • To give authority to; permit (verb)
  • To make authorized; confirm (verb)
  • To impose a sanction or penalty on (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "sanction" in a sentence
  • "Whether the sanction is historically regarded as a punishment?"
  • "Palin, unlike the author of the above article, probably knows there's more than just the one definition of the word "sanction"."
  • "Consequently bogeyman excuses are co-opted to obtain sanction for this unethical abrogation of a natural right even more fundamental than liberty."