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sanction

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of sanction

  1. 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 Synonyms of sanction allowance, authorization, clearance, concurrence, consent, granting, green light, leave, license (or licence), permission, sufferance, warrantWords Related to sanction imprimatur, seal, signature, stamp; accreditation, certification; liberty, pass; concession, patent, permit; tolerance, toleration; acceptance, acquiescence, agreement, assent, OK (or okay); accord, grantNear Antonyms of sanction denial, refusal, rejection, revocation; taboo (also tabu); injunction, veto; deterrence, discouragement, repression, suppression; ban, embargo, exclusionAntonyms of sanction interdiction, prohibition, proscription


sanction

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of sanction

  1. to give official acceptance of as satisfactory the administration will sanction almost any field trip with educational value Synonyms of sanction accredit, approbate, authorize, clear, confirm, finalize, formalize, homologate, OK (or okay), ratify, approve, warrantWords Related to sanction accept, acknowledge, affirm; certify, endorse (also indorse), validate; bless, canonize, sanctify; initial, rubber-stamp, sign, sign off (on); allow, enable, legalize, license (also licence), pass, permit; reapproveNear Antonyms of sanction ban, enjoin, forbid, illegalize, interdict, prohibit, proscribe; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook; rebuff, rebut, refuse, spurnAntonyms of sanction decline, deny, disallow, disapprove, negative, reject, turn down, veto

Synonym Discussion of sanction

approve, endorse, sanction, accredit, certify mean to have or express a favorable opinion of. approve often implies no more than this but may suggest considerable esteem or admiration.
    • the parents approve of the marriage
endorse suggests an explicit statement of support.
    • publicly endorsed her for Senator
sanction implies both approval and authorization.
    • the President sanctioned covert operations
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


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