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.
adj 1: conforming to orthodox or recognized rules; "the drinking of
cocktails was as canonical a rite as the mixing"-
Sinclair Lewis [syn: canonic, canonical]
2: formally approved and invested with legal authority [syn: ratified]
3: established by authority; given authoritative approval; "a
list of approved candidates" [syn: approved]