Sanction

Definition of Sanction

Sanc´tion
n.1.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.
The strictest professors of reason have added the sanction of their testimony.
- I. Watts.
2.Anything done or said to enforce the will, law, or authority of another; as, legal sanctions.
v. t.1.To give sanction to; to ratify; to confirm; to approve.
[imp. & p. p. Sanctioned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sanctioning.]
Would have counseled, or even sanctioned, such perilous experiments.
- De Quincey.

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