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[n] the act of final authorization; "it had the sanction of the church"
[n] a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards
[n] official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times"
[n] formal and explicit approval
[v] give sanction to; "I approve of his educational policies"
[v] give religious sanction to, such as through on oath; "sanctify the marriage"
[v] give authority or permission to

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disapprove, reject

Misc. Definitions

\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. 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. Syn: Ratification; authorization; authority; countenance; support.
\Sanc"tion\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sanctioned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sanctioning}.] To give sanction to; to ratify; to confirm; to approve. Would have counseled, or even sanctioned, such perilous experiments. --De Quincey. Syn: To ratify; confirm; authorize; countenance.

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