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Dictionary definition for: Sanction

1. (n) formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union''s endorsement"

2. (v) give sanction to; "I approve of his educational policies"

3. (n) a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society''s standards

4. (v) give authority or permission to

5. (n) official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times"

6. (v) give religious sanction to, such as through on oath; "sanctify the marriage"

7. (n) the act of final authorization; "it had the sanction of the church"

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