1. Authoritative permission or approval
that makes a course of action valid. See Synonyms at permission.
2. Support or encouragement, as from public opinion
or established custom.
3. A consideration, influence, or principle that dictates an ethical choice.
4.1. A law or decree.
2. The penalty for noncompliance specified in a law or decree.
5. A penalty, specified or in the form of moral pressure, that acts to ensure compliance
6. A coercive measure adopted usually by several nations acting together against
a nation violating international
tr.v. sanc·tioned, sanc·tion·ing, sanc·tions
1. To give official authorization
to: “The president, we are told, has sanctioned greed at the cost of compassion” (David Rankin).
2. To encourage
by indicating approval
. See Synonyms at approve.
3. To penalize, especially for violating a moral principle or international