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What does "Sanction" mean?

Definition

(n.) Anything done or said to enforce the will, law, or authority of another; as, legal sanctions (n.) 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 (v. t.) To give sanction to; to ratify; to confirm; to approve


Synonyms authority, warrant, countenance, imprimatur, ok, approve, endorsement, okay


Example: "It had the sanction of the church"


Word Family sanctioned, sanctioning, sanctions, unsanctioned