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sanction

noun (ORDER)    /ˈsæŋk.ʃən/
[C usually plural] an official order , such as the stopping of trade , that is taken against a country in order to make it obey international law : Many nations have imposed sanctions on the country because of its attacks on its own people . Trade / economic sanctions will only be lifted (= stopped ) when the aggressor nation withdraws its troops .Legislation and law-making C2 [C] a strong action taken in order to make people obey a law or rule , or a punishment given when they do not obey : Without realistic sanctions, some teachers have difficulty keeping order in the classroom .Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of sanction noun (ORDER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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