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sanction

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noun
  • authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance [Princeton Review]
  • permission or approval for an action, a change, etc [Barron]
  • approval (by authority); penalty [Nandigam]
verb
  • to give effective or authoritative approval or consent to [Taisha]

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