What does "Sanction" mean?


(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