If something’s sanctioned it’s officially approved. Now that your mom has finally come around, watching football with your friends on Sunday is a sanctioned ritual.

When something’s sanctioned, it’s been approved by an authority, like your mom or your school, or it follows established rules or traditions. Eating ham on Easter might be a sanctioned tradition in your family. The word can also be used to say that something has been approved or authorized in a legal sense. You may read about a sanctioned treaty that has been signed by all members of the United Nations.

Definitions of sanctioned
  1. adjective
    established by authority; given authoritative approval
    synonyms: approved
    authorised, authorized
    endowed with authority
  2. adjective
    formally approved and invested with legal authority
    synonyms: ratified
    established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules
  3. adjective
    conforming to orthodox or recognized rules
    synonyms: canonic, canonical
    mainstream, orthodox
    adhering to what is commonly accepted
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