Sanction
Sanction Sanc"tion, n. [L. sanctio, from sancire, sanctum to render sacred or inviolable, to fix unalterably: cf. F. sanction. See {Saint}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

The strictest professors of reason have added the sanction of their testimony. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything done or said to enforce the will, law, or authority of another; as, legal sanctions. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Ratification; authorization; authority; countenance; support. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sanction — Sanc tion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sanctioned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sanctioning}.] To give sanction to; to ratify; to confirm; to approve. [1913 Webster] Would have counseled, or even sanctioned, such perilous experiments. De Quincey. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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