Share this entry

British English: /ˈsaŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n/
American English: /ˈsæŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n/

Translation of sanction in French:


  • 2 (Law) (deterrent) See examples: legal sanction, criminal sanction the ultimate sanction
    l'ultime sanction
  • 3 (Politics, Economy) (punishment, embargo etc) powers of sanction
    pouvoirs (mpl) de sanction

also: sanctions plural noun

  • (Politics, Economy)
    fpl against contre
    economic/trade sanctions
    sanctions économiques/commerciales
    to impose sanctions
    prendre des sanctions
    on contre
    to break sanctions against a country
    violer l'embargo contre un pays

transitive verb

Definition of sanction in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day whippersnapper
    Pronunciation: ˈ(h)wipərˌsnapər
    a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...