Synonyms of sanction


1. sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, warrant, imprimatur, approval, commendation

usage: formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"

2. sanction, social control

usage: a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards

3. authority, authorization, authorisation, sanction, permission

usage: official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times"

4. sanction, authorization, authorisation, empowerment

usage: the act of final authorization; "it had the sanction of the church"


1. approve, O.K., okay, sanction, authorize, authorise, pass, clear

usage: give sanction to; "I approve of his educational policies"

2. sanction, empower, authorise, authorize

usage: give authority or permission to

3. sanction, approve, O.K., okay, sanction

usage: give religious sanction to, such as through on oath; "sanctify the marriage"

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Definition and meaning of sanction (Dictionary)