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Meaning of SANCTION

Pronunciation:  'sangkshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of final authorization; "it had the sanction of the church"
  2. [n]  a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards
  3. [n]  official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times"
  4. [n]  formal and explicit approval
  5. [v]  give sanction to; "I approve of his educational policies"
  6. [v]  give religious sanction to, such as through on oath; "sanctify the marriage"
  7. [v]  give authority or permission to

SANCTION is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: approve, authorisation, authority, authorization, countenance, endorsement, imprimatur, O.K., okay, warrant
 Antonyms: disapprove, reject
 See Also: approval, authorisation, authorise, authorise, authorization, authorize, authorize, back, benefit of clergy, clear, commendation, confirm, empower, empowerment, endorse, name, nihil obstat, nihil obstat, O.K., OK, okay, okeh, okey, pass, permission, plump for, plunk for, sanction, social control, support, visa, visa



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sanc"tion\, n. [L. sanctio, from sancire, sanctum to
    render sacred or inviolable, to fix unalterably: cf. F.
    sanction. See {Saint}.]
    1. Solemn or ceremonious ratification; an official act of a
       superior by which he ratifies and gives validity to the
       act of some other person or body; establishment or
       furtherance of anything by giving authority to it;
       confirmation; approbation.
             The strictest professors of reason have added the
             sanction of their testimony.          --I. Watts.
    2. Anything done or said to enforce the will, law, or
       authority of another; as, legal sanctions.
    Syn: Ratification; authorization; authority; countenance;
  2. \Sanc"tion\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sanctioned}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Sanctioning}.]
    To give sanction to; to ratify; to confirm; to approve.
          Would have counseled, or even sanctioned, such perilous
          experiments.                             --De Quincey.
    Syn: To ratify; confirm; authorize; countenance.
 Definition: any means used to enforce compliance with the rules and norms of a society.