n. 1. Approval; support; permission.

2. (usually plural) A penalty for breaking with law or custom.

tr. v. To approve; to encourage.

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n. 1. consent

2. punishment

tr. v. allow


n. 1. prohibition

2. reward

tr. v. forbid

Used in Context:

1. To ride the bus home with a friend, you must have sanction from a parent or guardian.

2. Sanctions are necessary for anybody who drinks an alcoholic beverage under the age of twenty-one.

3. The President has the power to veto and sanction laws that are created by legislature.

President Obama Vows 'Consequences' as US, EU Sanction Russian Officials over Crimea Vote