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  1. Plural of sanction


  1. third-person singular of sanction

Extensive Definition

Sanctions, plural of sanction, punishment or permission depending on context; contronym; may also refer to:
Involving countries:
  • Economic sanctions, typically a ban on trade, possibly limited to certain sectors such as armaments, or with certain exceptions (such as food and medicine)
  • International sanctions, punitive measures adopted by a country or group of countries against another nation for political reasons
  • Pragmatic sanction, historically, a sovereign's solemn decree on a matter of primary importance and has the force of fundamental law
  • Trade sanctions, economic sanctions applied for non-political reasons, typically as part of a trade dispute, or for purely economic reasons, and typically involving tariffs or similar measures, rather than bans
In other uses:
sanctions in German: Sanktion
sanctions in Spanish: Sanción
sanctions in French: Sanction
sanctions in Indonesian: Sanksi
sanctions in Dutch: Sanctie
sanctions in Portuguese: Sanção
sanctions in Russian: Санкция
sanctions in Swedish: Sanktion
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