a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards
the act of final authorization
give religious sanction to, such as through on oath
give sanction to
give authority or permission to
Solemn or ceremonious ratification; an official act of a superior by which he ratifies and gives validity to the act of some other person or body; establishment or furtherance of anything by giving authority to it; confirmation; approbation.
Anything done or said to enforce the will, law, or authority of another; as, legal sanctions.
To give sanction to; to ratify; to confirm; to approve.