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A sanction may be either a permission or a restriction, depending on context, as the word is an auto-antonym.


  • Peace can be made tranquil and secure only by understanding and agreement fortified by sanctions.
    • Bernard Baruch, Address to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (14 June 1946)
  • No degree of antiquity can give sanction to a usage bad in itself.
    • Lord Mansfield, Case of John Money and others (1765), 19 How. St. Tr. 1027.
  • I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.

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