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sanction

sanc·tion

sanction

 
 
pronunciation:
saengk shn
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: permission for an action; approval.
The principal gave her sanction for our field trip.
synonyms:
approval, consent, leave, license, permission
similar words:
blessing
definition 2: public support for an action.
The president's decision had the sanction of the people.
synonyms:
approval, assent
definition 3: something to make sure that a law is obeyed; a punishment for not obeying a law.
Refusing to trade with another country is one type of sanction.
synonyms:
penalty
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: sanctioned, sanctioning, sanctions
definition: to approve of; support.
I do not sanction such rude behavior.
synonyms:
approve, back, endorse
similar words:
consent, encourage, OK, ratify, support
derivations: sanctionable (adj.), sanctioned (adj.), sanctioner (n.)
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