Definition of pragmatic sanction in English:

pragmatic sanction

Line breaks: prag|mat¦ic sanc|tion

noun

historical
1An imperial or royal decree that has the force of law.
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  • There were other gains for the Bourbons in Italy, and the only cost to France was recognition of the pragmatic sanction, naming Maria Theresa, daughter of Charles VI, as sole heir to the Habsburg hereditary lands.
1.1 (Pragmatic Sanction) A document drafted in 1717 by the Emperor Charles VI providing for his daughter Maria Theresa to succeed to all his territories should he die without a son. Opposition to it led to the War of the Austrian Succession on Charles’s death in 1740.

Origin

translating Law Latin pragmatica sanctio.

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