Adjective "sanctioned" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A threatened penalty for disobeying a law or rule.
  1. 'He said he could not, and the Allies, attacking on the western front and encountering fierce opposition, started to threaten sanctions, which Russia could not afford.'
  2. 'Similarly, unlike many of their continental European neighbours, the English clung to corporal punishment as a penal sanction until well into the twentieth century.'
  3. 'Did we save lives (or improve the security of those whose lives were threatened) by imposing sanctions in the case of Bosnia?'
  4. 'In response, the EPA has threatened legal sanctions against the council.'
  5. 'The only response from Washington has been to threaten economic sanctions.'
  6. 'Both bars have also developed a set of sanctions for patrons who disobey the rules.'
  7. 'The sanctions behind some rules may be only indirect, but they are nevertheless important in understanding the legal framework in which health care operates.'
  8. 'Those sorts of factors are, in my judgment, relevant when looking at sanctions after a penalty has been imposed.'
  9. 'It appears to consider internal policy only when parliamentary committees flag up press behaviour that is not to their liking and threaten sanctions.'
  10. 'It has threatened financial sanctions against nations who do not comply with international money laundering rules.'
  11. 'the United States had agreed to lift economic sanctions'
  12. 'If the war ends soon and the trade sanctions are lifted, oil prices are likely to fall even further.'
  13. 'The Chinese, for their part, are not so economically potent that they can ignore the risk of incurring international trade sanctions.'
  14. 'Trade sanctions provide a means of encouraging participation in agreements and penalizing signatories that step out of line.'
  15. 'Legislation permitted magistrates to enforce employment agreements with penal sanctions in the form of imprisonment, fines, and physical punishment.'
  16. 'The United Nations and European Union are opposed to trade sanctions against Burma.'
  17. 'The Berlin Decrees of 1806 were the first in a series of sanctions against Britain's trade known collectively as the Continental System.'
  18. 'Direct merchandise trade between the U.S. and Iran has declined significantly because of sanctions, but the trade impact has been limited.'
  19. 'Imposing trade sanctions, although officials admit that Iran-Canada trade may not be extensive enough to serve as much of a lever.'
  20. 'The European Union is close to imposing $4 billion worth of trade sanctions on the U.S. for failure to remove tax subsidies to its exporters.'
  21. 'When Washington conceded last year that the ETI should be removed, the EU refrained from imposing trade sanctions.'
  22. 'Hume makes no attempt to connect morals with religion, no doubt because he saw that morals cannot be grounded on any form of authority, however powerful, though religious belief may operate as a sanction through its effect on the passions.'
  23. 'The problem is that religion provides an ultimate sanction for your actions.'
Official permission or approval for an action.
  1. 'Despite the problems the book had initially faced in finding a publisher in China - purportedly for its political overtones - it had finally received official sanction.'
  2. 'They have urged Laois County Council to seek the immediate sanction of the National Roads Authority for the re-commencement of road words at Park, Stradbally.'
  3. 'Montréal 2006 says the Games will go on with or without FGG sanction, who in turn say they will move the official Games to Atlanta.'
  4. 'The municipal authorities should not give sanction for construction of houses, with more than 1,000 sq. ft. floor area, without a RWH structure.'
  5. 'Planning had been got and sanction for funding the housing element of the project had just been announced by the Dept of the Environment.'
  6. 'He gives sanction to his 10,000 figure by saying it might underestimate the annual trafficking in sex slaves.'
  7. 'With sanction being sought from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions for an all-out picket, the LRC has again stepped in to mediate in the dispute.'
  8. 'In Newcastle, doctors sought legal sanction to treat a baby with a severe facial deformity against the wishes of her parents.'
  9. 'However, the travellers who have caravans parked there have been given official sanction of sorts by being allowed to purchase annual residents parking permits from the Borough Council.'
  10. 'The ancients also used oracles to obtain sanction or approval, even though they had already decided on their course of action.'
  11. 'In the case of the South Australian Tribunal, my understanding, your Honour, is that it does not have a power to impose any direct sanction.'
  12. 'But the Directive leaves open the powers to the prosecution and sanction to the interpretation of individual states.'
  13. 'If it does not, then it is for Parliament, if it thinks fit, to provide the necessary sanction by providing a public law remedy linked directly to the protection of public rights.'
  14. 'That is to say, the common perception is that the validity of religious laws is ensured by divine sanction, while the utility of customary laws is assumed to have been proven through long experience.'


Give official permission or approval for (an action)
  1. 'Britain has just become the first country to officially sanction genetic testing for insurance purposes.'
  2. 'That's a separate question from the issue of whether or not government should sanction, or approve or give some sort of authorization, if you will, to these relationships.'
  3. 'It must be noted that these drugs have been sanctioned and approved by the Food and Drugs Administration of the US.'
  4. 'The matters for consideration at this stage concern the jurisdiction of the court to sanction the scheme if it proceeds.'
  5. 'It was during the first stage that the regime discovered that it could not officially sanction any one style or movement.'
  6. 'Actually, that's not entirely true - there was a smoking area and a small bar, but neither was officially sanctioned.'
  7. 'Thus, disclosure of data may be sanctioned by a court order and is allowed where the data subject has consented to it.'
  8. 'Upon arrival I was directed to an office and urged to buy an entrance ticket, a new scheme sanctioned by the county government to aid maintenance.'
  9. 'The issue of fairness, which remained, was for consideration at the hearing to sanction the scheme.'
  10. 'Monies and permission from all parties involved has been sanctioned.'
Impose a sanction or penalty on.
  1. 'And right now that means confronting and sanctioning an out of control Israel.'
  2. 'Moreover, the actions of individuals who repeat rather than question, watch out for, punish, and sanction transgressions, lend these norms their strength.'
  3. 'As a result, more and more medical societies have begun to sanction members with penalties like suspension or revocation of their society membership.'

More definitions

1. authoritative permission or approval, as for an action.

2. something that serves to support an action, condition, etc.

3. something that gives binding force, as to an oath, rule of conduct, etc.

4. Law. a provision of a law enacting a penalty for disobedience or a reward for obedience. the penalty or reward.

5. International Law. action by one or more states toward another state calculated to force it to comply with legal obligations. verb (used with object)

6. to authorize, a

More examples(as adjective)

"bans can be sanctioned by nations."

"parties can be sanctioned."

"federations can be sanctioned."

"scopes can be sanctioned."

"rallies can be sanctioned."

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(sanction)Late Middle English (as a noun denoting an ecclesiastical decree): from French, from Latin sanctio(n-), from sancire ‘ratify’. The verb dates from the late 18th century.