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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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A formal decree.

Usage examples (38)
  • Verb (used with object) : an expression now sanctioned by educated usage. ,to sanction a law
  • Mr Mugabe says the restrictions, which he calls sanctions, have caused the collapse of
  • The only progress that Obama could cite on the Iran issue was when the Chinese leader Hu Jintao actually used the word sanctions.
  • And I don’t consider it a diplomatic victory that the Chinese actually used the word sanctions for the first time. for more
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