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sanction

[ sangk-shuhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF sanction
  • nounauthorization
  • nounembargo, punishment
  • verbauthorize, confirm

Synonyms for sanction

  • approval
  • acquiescence
  • allowance
  • approbation
  • assent
  • authority
  • backing
  • confirmation
  • consent
  • countenance
  • encouragement
  • endorsement
  • fiat
  • go-ahead
  • leave
  • nod
  • okay
  • permission
  • permit
  • ratification
  • recommendation
  • sufferance
  • support
  • word
  • green light
  • seal of approval
  • stamp of approval
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Antonyms for sanction

  • denial
  • disagreement
  • disapproval
  • discouragement
  • opposition
  • prohibition
  • question
  • refusal
  • rejection
  • veto
  • award
  • honor
  • prevention
  • reward
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SANCTION

But your father has given his sanction to your brother's dislikes, your uncles', and every body's!

I am sure they will, if you please to give them your sanction.

But how does this fact prove that the Bible does not sanction slavery?

My daughter must be consulted—have you received her sanction?

The consolidation still required the sanction of the legislature.

Marriage is the union of one man and one woman under the sanction of the law.

This is the sort of medicine, and this is the sort of law, which you will sanction in your state.

They are to have the sanction of laws and the effect of sermons.

You have my sanction to send the Comte de Chatellerault a challenge.

Until she is of full age her brother will refuse his sanction.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "confirmation or enactment of a law," from Latin sanctionem (nominative sanctio) "act of decreeing or ordaining," also "decree, ordinance," noun of action from past participle stem of sancire "to decree, confirm, ratify, make sacred" (see saint (n.)). Originally especially of ecclesiastical decrees.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SANCTION

OK

verbpermit

abet

verbassist, help in wrongdoing
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