Sanction

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

Examples of sanctions include:

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) like sanctions against Iran
  • international sanctions, coercive measures adopted by a country or a group of countries against another state or individual(s) in order to elicit a change in their behavior
  • pragmatic sanction, historically, a sovereign's solemn decree which addresses a matter of primary importance and which has the force of fundamental law

In other uses: