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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sanction \Sanc"tion\, noun [L. sanctio, from sancire, sanctum to render sacred or inviolable, to fix unalterably: cf. F. sanction. See {Saint}.]

1. Solemn or ceremonious ratification; an official act of a superior by which he ratifies and gives validity to the act of some other person or body; establishment or furtherance of anything by giving authority to it; confirmation; approbation.

The strictest professors of reason have added the sanction of their testimony. --I. Watts.

2. Anything done or said to enforce the will, law, or authority of another; as, legal sanctions.

Syn: Ratification; authorization; authority; countenance; support.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sanction \Sanc"tion\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Sanctioned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sanctioning}.] To give sanction to; to ratify; to confirm; to approve.

Would have counseled, or even sanctioned, such perilous experiments. --De Quincey.

Syn: To ratify; confirm; authorize; countenance.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement" [syn: {sanction}, {countenance}, {endorsement}, {indorsement}, {warrant}, {imprimatur}]

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

3: official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times" [syn: {authority}, {authorization}, {authorisation}, {sanction}]

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


1: give sanction to; "I approve of his educational policies" [syn: {approve}, {O.K.}, {okay}, {sanction}] [ant: {disapprove}, {reject}]

2: give authority or permission to

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

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)


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