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sanction
as in:  cannot sanction such behavior


The General insists that he does not sanction any form of torture and that he has placed procedures in place to prevent it.
  formal approval
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sanctions sanctioned sanctioning sanction
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Ironically, this word has contradictory meanings that are frequently used. When selecting words, consider substituting a word like endorse for this sense of sanction.
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  • The General insists that he does not sanction any form of torture and that he has placed procedures in place to prevent it.
  • ...most approve of state-sanctioned marriage for gays.
  • Some clerics sanction terrorist activity and thus provide religious cover to the murderers.
  • The UN imposed sanctions on Iran for the illegal activities that it could not in good conscience sanction.

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  • In her name, then, let it be done; I sanction it.
    Dickens, Charles  --  A Tale Of Two Cities
  • Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
    George Santayana
  • it had the sanction of the church
  • And they don’t sanction the gentry’s moving outside bounds clearly laid down in their ideas.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.
    Ayn Rand
  • ...the president might have inherent wartime authority to interpret the "reasonableness" standard of the Fourth Amendment in a manner that would sanction certain warrantless surveillance.
    Robert A. Levy  --  Wartime Executive Power and the NSA’s Surveillance Authority II  --  http://www.cato.org/testimony/ct-rl022006.html(retrieved 06/28/06)
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Associated words [difficulty]:   sanction [3]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Human Behavior, Public Policy & Politics, Religion & Spirtuality, Sports, Law
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