Synonyms & Antonyms of sanction

(Entry 1 of 2)

the approval by someone in authority for the doing of something
  • you cannot make a student video without your faculty advisor's sanction of its subject matter prior to shooting

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Synonyms & Antonyms of sanction (Entry 2 of 2)

to give official acceptance of as satisfactory
  • the administration will sanction almost any field trip with educational value

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How does the verb sanction differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of sanction are accredit, approve, certify, and endorse. While all these words mean "to have or express a favorable opinion of," sanction implies both approval and authorization.

the President sanctioned covert operations

How do accredit and certify relate to one another, in the sense of sanction?

Both accredit and certify usually imply official endorsement attesting to conformity to set standards.

the board voted to accredit the college

must be certified to teach

In what contexts can approve take the place of sanction?

While the synonyms approve and sanction are close in meaning, approve often implies no more than this but may suggest considerable esteem or admiration.

the parents approve of the marriage

When would endorse be a good substitute for sanction?

The synonyms endorse and sanction are sometimes interchangeable, but endorse suggests an explicit statement of support.

publicly endorsed her for Senator

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The first known use of sanction was in the 15th century

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“Sanction.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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