pragmatic sanction


: a solemn decree of a sovereign on a matter of primary importance and with the force of fundamental law

Examples of pragmatic sanction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even divine-right monarchies had their tactful regencies and pragmatic sanctions. Helen Andrews, National Review, 18 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1587, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pragmatic sanction was in 1587

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“Pragmatic sanction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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