Sanction vs. sanctions

Sanction = right or permission given by authority to do something.

  • You can’t translate the book without the sanction of the author and publishers.
  • We received sanction to proceed with our plans.
  • The scheme was sanctioned by the court.

Sanctions (Usually plural) = penalty, punishment. (measures taken by a state to coerce another to conform to an international agreement or norms of conduct, typically in the form of restrictions on trade or official sporting participation.)

  • The government of the US decided to bring economic sanctions against Pakistan for violating the disarmament agreement.
  • The UK had agreed to lift the economic sanctions against Nepal.
  • Impose sanctions against violating countries.
  • There are International sanctions imposed on North Korea since the Korean War.

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