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noun sanction pronunciation in British English /ˈsæŋkʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually plural] an official order to stop communication, trade, etc with a country that has broken international law
    economic/trade/international sanctions
    impose sanctions against/on (=start to use sanctions): The Council wanted to impose sanctions against the countries involved in the dispute.
    lift sanctions (=stop using sanctions): Talks continue over the conditions for lifting sanctions.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] official permission for taking action
    War was declared without the sanction of parliament.
  3. 3
    [countable] a threat to punish someone for breaking a rule
    Only the medical council can apply a sanction against a doctor.


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