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1  —as in:
sanctions against them
Definition formal penalty
  • When they withdraw their troops from the country, international sanctions should be lifted.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Whatever one may think of the concept of managerial liability as a basis for criminal sanction, none should dispute that there are fundamental differences in criminal culpability between corporate managers who are active participants in criminal activity and those who stand convicted because of their role as officers or managers within a company and whose liability is based solely on their authority to act and their alleged failure to exercise that authority.
    Paul Rosenzweig  --  Sentencing of Corporate Fraud and White Collar Crimes  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Every American who is a taxpayer, property owner, or employee of an institution of any size is now in continuous contact with one or more agencies of government whose rules must be obeyed under sanction of the police power.
    Christopher DeMuth  --  After the Ascent  --,filter.all/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • ...calling for a global campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel to "pressure [it] to end the occupation."
    John R. Bolton  --  American Justice and the International Criminal Court  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)

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2  —as in:
cannot sanction such behavior
Definition formal approval
  • The General insists that he does not sanction any form of torture and that he has placed procedures in place to prevent it.
sanction = approve of
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I cannot sanction that behavior.
  • sanction = approve of
  • They were now state-sanctioned terrorists.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • sanctioned = approved
  • I shall see that poor lad tomorrow evening, and, with his sanction, I shall use some.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • sanction = approval
  • Such an opportunity, sanctioned by authority, had never been known before.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • sanctioned = approved
  • Of course, I've never been on a train, as travel between the districts is forbidden except for officially sanctioned duties.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • sanctioned = approved
  • Midwifery was not illegal in the state of Idaho, but it had not yet been sanctioned.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • sanctioned = formally approved
  • Repairs, except what you could do for yourself, had to be sanctioned by remote committees which were liable to hold up even the mending of a window-pane for two years.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • sanctioned = approved
  • Mr. Crawford's business had been to declare himself the lover of Fanny, make decided proposals for her, and entreat the sanction of the uncle, who seemed to stand in the place of her parents; and he had done it all so well, so openly, so liberally, so properly, that Sir Thomas, feeling, moreover, his own replies, and his own remarks to have been very much to the purpose, was exceedingly happy to give the particulars of their conversation; and little aware of what was passing in his...
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • sanction = approval
  • No imaginable committee would ever sanction such a marriage even if Katharine, Winston's wife, could somehow have been got rid of.
    George Orwell  --  1984
sanction = approve

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