Part of speech: verb

To approve authoritatively; countenance.

Part of speech: noun

Authoritative confirmation; justification.

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Usage examples "sanction":

  1. The prince's own party, Pulteney and his colleagues, utterly refused to give their sanction to the extraordinary course which Frederick had taken. - "A History of the Four Georges, Volume II (of 4)", Justin McCarthy.
  2. When a truth has fully received the sanction of the judgment, the second office of faith is, by attention and conception, to keep it habitually before the mind, so that it may produce its proper influence upon the character. - "The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings", John Abercrombie.
  3. Diana had given her sanction to the publication with trembling and a torn mind. - "The Testing of Diana Mallory", Mrs. Humphry Ward.