Definition for SANC'TION

SANC'TION, n. [Fr. from L. sanctio, from sanctus, holy, solemn, established.]

  1. Ratification; an official act of a superior by which he ratifies and gives validity to the act of some other person or body. A treaty is not valid without the sanction of the president and senate.
  2. Authority; confirmation derived from testimony, character, influence or custom. The strictest professors of reason have added the sanction of their testimony. – Watts.
  3. A law or decree. [Improper.] – Denham.

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