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SANCTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sanction mean? 

SANCTION (noun)
  The noun SANCTION has 4 senses:

1. formal and explicit approval
2. a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards
3. official permission or approval
4. the act of final authorization

  Familiarity information: SANCTION used as a noun is uncommon.


SANCTION (verb)
  The verb SANCTION has 3 senses:

1. give sanction to
2. give authority or permission to
3. give religious sanction to, such as through on oath

  Familiarity information: SANCTION used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SANCTION (noun)


Sense 1sanction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Formal and explicit approval

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

imprimatur; sanction; countenance; warrant; indorsement; endorsement

Context example:

a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement

Hypernyms ("sanction" is a kind of...):

approval; commendation (a message expressing a favorable opinion)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sanction"):

nihil obstat (the phrase used by the official censor of the Roman Catholic Church to say that a publication has been examined and contains nothing offensive to the church)

visa (an endorsement made in a passport that allows the bearer to enter the country issuing it)

O.K.; OK; okay; okeh; okey (an endorsement)


Sense 2sanction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("sanction" is a kind of...):

social control (control exerted (actively or passively) by group action)


Sense 3sanction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Official permission or approval

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

sanction; authorization; authorisation; authority

Context example:

authority for the program was renewed several times

Hypernyms ("sanction" is a kind of...):

permission (approval to do something)


Sense 4sanction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of final authorization

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

it had the sanction of the church

Hypernyms ("sanction" is a kind of...):

authorisation; authorization; empowerment (the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sanction"):

benefit of clergy (sanction by a religious rite)

name (by the sanction or authority of)

nihil obstat (authoritative approval)


SANCTION (verb)


Sense 1sanction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give sanction to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

approve; O.K.; okay; sanction

Context example:

I approve of his educational policies

Hypernyms (to "sanction" is one way to...):

authorise; authorize; clear; pass (grant authorization or clearance for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sanction"):

sanction (give religious sanction to, such as through on oath)

visa (approve officially)

back; endorse; indorse; plump for; plunk for; support (be behind; approve of)

confirm (support a person for a position)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2sanction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give authority or permission to

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "sanction" is one way to...):

authorise; authorize; empower (give or delegate power or authority to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3sanction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give religious sanction to, such as through on oath

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

sanctify the marriage

Hypernyms (to "sanction" is one way to...):

approve; O.K.; okay; sanction (give sanction to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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