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Synonyms of sanction in English:


  • 1 (usually sanctions) codes of practice should be accompanied by sanctions for offenders trade sanctions
    punitive action, discipline, penalization, correction, retribution;
    embargo, ban, prohibition, boycott, barrier, restriction, tariff
    [Antonyms] reward
  • 2 the scheme is to receive the sanction of the court
    authorization, consent, leave, permission, authority, warrant, licence, dispensation, assent, acquiescence, agreement, approval, seal/stamp of approval, approbation, recognition, endorsement, accreditation, confirmation, ratification, validation, blessing, imprimatur, clearance, acceptance, allowance
    informal the go-ahead, the thumbs up, the OK, the green light, say-so
    rare permit
    [Antonyms] prohibition, ban
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  • 1 the rally was sanctioned by the government
    authorize, consent to, permit, allow, give leave for, give permission for, warrant, accredit, license, give assent to, endorse, agree to, approve, accept, give one's blessing to, back, support
    informal give the thumbs up to, give the green light to, OK
    North American rare approbate
    [Antonyms] prohibit, ban
  • 2 the penalties for water pollution are frail in comparison with those available to sanction traditional crime
    punish, discipline someone for
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