What does sanction mean?

Definitions for sanction
ˈsæŋk ʃənsanc·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sanction.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, warrant, imprimaturnoun

    formal and explicit approval

    "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"

  2. sanctionnoun

    a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards

  3. authority, authorization, authorisation, sanctionnoun

    official permission or approval

    "authority for the program was renewed several times"

  4. sanctionverb

    the act of final authorization

    "it had the sanction of the church"

  5. approve, O.K., okay, sanctionverb

    give sanction to

    "I approve of his educational policies"

  6. sanctionverb

    give authority or permission to

  7. sanctionverb

    give religious sanction to, such as through on oath

    "sanctify the marriage"

Wiktionary

  1. sanctionnoun

    An approval, by an authority, generally one that makes something valid.

    Etymology: From sanction.

  2. sanctionnoun

    A penalty, or some coercive measure, intended to ensure compliance; especially one adopted by several nations, or by an international body.

    Etymology: From sanction.

  3. sanctionnoun

    A law, treaty, or contract, or a clause within a law, treaty, or contract, specifying the above.

    Etymology: From sanction.

  4. sanctionverb

    To ratify; to make valid.

    Etymology: From sanction.

  5. sanctionverb

    To give official authorization or approval to; to countenance.

    Etymology: From sanction.

  6. sanctionverb

    To penalize (a State etc.) with sanctions.

    Etymology: From sanction.

Wikipedia

  1. Sanction

    A sanction may be either a permission or a restriction, depending upon context, as the word is an auto-antonym. Examples of sanctions include:

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sanctionnoun

    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

  2. Sanctionnoun

    anything done or said to enforce the will, law, or authority of another; as, legal sanctions

  3. Sanctionverb

    to give sanction to; to ratify; to confirm; to approve

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sanction

    sangk′shun, n. act of ratifying, or giving authority to: confirmation: support: a decree, a law.—v.t. to give validity to: to authorise: to countenance.—adjs. Sanc′tionable; Sanc′tionary. [Fr.,—L. sanctīre.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sanction' in Nouns Frequency: #2176

Anagrams for sanction »

  1. actinons, canonist, contains

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanction in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sanction in a Sentence

  1. The Senate investigation:

    If wealthy Russian oligarchs can purchase millions in art for personal investment or enjoyment while under sanction, it follows that their businesses or hidden resources could also continue accessing the The Senate investigation financial system.

  2. Senator Paul:

    One sanction that might work would be the sanctioning of the crown prince and I think all the people advocating for sanctions won't go that far.

  3. Ali Alfoneh:

    Many times when you see the United States government imposing sanctions on so-called ‘commercial businesses’ in Iran, it's in reality the Quds Force that they are trying to sanction.

  4. John Schumaker:

    Without cultural sanction, most or all our religious beliefs and rituals would fall into the domain of mental disturbance.

  5. Dave Lochbaum:

    Instead of giving nuclear some reward … it would be more appropriate to sanction those acting badly.

Images & Illustrations of sanction

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