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Definition 1: the act of final authorization - [noun denoting act]

Samples where sanction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it had the sanction of the church

(sanction is a kind of ...) the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant

(... is a kind of sanction ) sanction by a religious rite

"they are living together without benefit of clergy"

(... is a kind of sanction ) by the sanction or authority of

"halt in the name of the law"

(... is a kind of sanction ) authoritative approval

Definition 2: a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards - [noun denoting act]

(sanction is a kind of ...) control exerted (actively or passively) by group action

Definition 3: official permission or approval - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where sanction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • authority for the program was renewed several times

Synonyms for sanction in the sense of this definition

(sanction is a kind of ...) approval to do something

"he asked permission to leave"

Definition 4: formal and explicit approval - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where sanction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement

Synonyms for sanction in the sense of this definition

(sanction is a kind of ...) a message expressing a favorable opinion

"words of approval seldom passed his lips"

(... is a kind of sanction ) an endorsement

"they gave us the O.K. to go ahead"

(... is a kind of sanction ) an endorsement made in a passport that allows the bearer to enter the country issuing it

(... is a kind of sanction ) 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

Definition 5: give sanction to - [verb of communication]

Samples where sanction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I approve of his educational policies

Synonyms for sanction in the sense of this definition

(sanction is a kind of ...) grant authorization or clearance for

"Clear the manuscript for publication" "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"

(... is a kind of sanction ) give religious sanction to, such as through on oath

"sanctify the marriage"

(... is a kind of sanction ) approve officially

"The list of speakers must be visaed"

(... is a kind of sanction ) be behind; approve of

"He plumped for the Labor Party" "I backed Kennedy in 1960"

(... is a kind of sanction ) support a person for a position

"The Senate confirmed the President's candidate for Secretary of Defense"

Definition 6: give religious sanction to, such as through on oath - [verb of communication]

Samples where sanction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sanctify the marriage

(sanction is a kind of ...) give sanction to

"I approve of his educational policies"

(sanction is a kind of ...) give or delegate power or authority to

"She authorized her assistant to sign the papers"

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