1. Authoritative permission or approval that makes a course of action valid. See Synonyms at permission.
2. Support or encouragement, as from public opinion or established custom.
3. A consideration, influence, or principle that dictates an ethical choice.
4.1. A law or decree.
2. The penalty for noncompliance specified in a law or decree.
5. A penalty, specified or in the form of moral pressure, that acts to ensure compliance or conformity.
6. A coercive measure adopted usually by several nations acting together against a nation violating international law.
tr.v. sanc·tioned, sanc·tion·ing, sanc·tions
1. To give official authorization or approval to: “The president, we are told, has sanctioned greed at the cost of compassion” (David Rankin).
2. To encourage or tolerate by indicating approval. See Synonyms at approve.
3. To penalize, especially for violating a moral principle or international law.
The Russians and Chinese won't go along with economic sanctions.
elbelle tərəfindən 12 Aprel 2006
Empty and baseless, sanctions are punitive threats thrown about like playing cards from the U.N. at nations that commit grave offenses, such as North Korea and Iran.

Compared to a slap on the wrist, but less effective, sanctions are nothing more than United Nations PR "showing" the world that they are hard at work keeping baddies in line.

Not quite as powerful as the wag of the finger, sanctions have absolutely no effect on the country they are imposed upon.
North Korea, and Iran have multiple sanctions against them from the U.N. for crimes committed (ex. secret underground uranium enrichment plants)

However, these countries go about their day to day plotting because sanctions are USELESS.

Show some balls, World.
EXPLORER09 tərəfindən 25 Sentyabr 2009
1. Verb. To give something official approval.

2. Verb. To put someone in their place; to regulate on a bitch.
1. "Officers, this protest has been sanctioned by the proper authorities."

2. "My roommate left our pad unlocked again, so I had to sanction that shit."
57octaves tərəfindən 21 Dekabr 2010
To spontaneously get in a fight and throw down, but also mutually and organized. At the end of the fight, there are no harsh feelings for each other, because it was a two-way agreement.
EX. 1 - Dude, this rando was calling me out on the streets last night, calling me offensive names. I didn't like it, so I asked him if he wanted to sanction. He complied...I fucked him up...good night of sanctioning...unprovoked of course.

EX. 2 - Dude, I was being a huge asshole to rando people last night. I was trying to pick fights and everything (slapping, hitting, etc.). Well guess what? Some guy who I tried to pick a fight with called me out. He asked me if I wanted to sanction. I said yes...bad idea.
Se7en Ei8ht N9ne tərəfindən 17 Aprel 2010

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