Definition of sanction :
1. Anything done or said to enforce the will, law, or authority of another; as, legal sanctions.
2. 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.
3. To give sanction to; to ratify; to confirm; to approve.
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approval (part of speech: noun)
authorize (part of speech: verb)
praise (part of speech: verb)
praise, recommend, dignify, admire, extol, eulogy, acclaim, applaud, exaltation, admiration, commend, commendation, flattery, applause, exalt, flatter, glorify, compliment, eulogize, recommendation, glorification
authorization (part of speech: noun)
agree (part of speech: verb)
affirmation (part of speech: noun)
certification, attestation, testimony, statement, pronouncement, admission, declaration, acknowledgment, avowal, corroboration, verification, proclamation, oath, assertion, warranty, submission, validation, assurance
permit (part of speech: verb)
approve (part of speech: verb)
consent (part of speech: verb)
- It was thought to have the highest Christian sanction. - "From the Easy Chair, series 3", George William Curtis.
- Hence they never exalted a central authority, for their law needed no such sanction. - "Irish Nationality", Alice Stopford Green.
- On Dec 23rd the Admiralty declined to sanction it. - "Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy", George Biddell Airy.