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sanction British & World English

A threatened penalty for disobeying a law or rule

sanction English Thesaurus

codes of practice should be accompanied by sanctions for offenders

pragmatic sanction British & World English

An imperial or royal decree that has the force of law

Pragmatic Sanction in pragmatic sanction British & World English

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