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.
n 1: formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the
union's endorsement" [syn: countenance, endorsement,
indorsement, warrant, imprimatur]
2: a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's
3: official permission or approval; "authority for the program
was renewed several times" [syn: authority, authorization,
4: the act of final authorization; "it had the sanction of the
v 1: give sanction to; "I approve of his educational policies"
[syn: approve, O.K., okay] [ant: disapprove]
2: give authority or permission to
3: give religious sanction to, such as through on oath;
"sanctify the marriage"