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Meaning & Definition of Sanction in English

English

Sanction

/sæŋkʃən/

noun

1. Formal and explicit approval

  • "A democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
    synonym:
  • sanction
  • ,
  • countenance
  • ,
  • endorsement
  • ,
  • indorsement
  • ,
  • warrant
  • ,
  • imprimatur

2. A mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards

    synonym:
  • sanction

3. Official permission or approval

  • "Authority for the program was renewed several times"
    synonym:
  • authority
  • ,
  • authorization
  • ,
  • authorisation
  • ,
  • sanction

4. The act of final authorization

  • "It had the sanction of the church"
    synonym:
  • sanction

verb

1. Give sanction to

  • "I approve of his educational policies"
    synonym:
  • approve
  • ,
  • O.K.
  • ,
  • okay
  • ,
  • sanction

2. Give authority or permission to

    synonym:
  • sanction

3. Give religious sanction to, such as through on oath

  • "Sanctify the marriage"
    synonym:
  • sanction