Denial and Sanction


Denial noun - An unwillingness to grant something asked for.
Usage example: our supervisor's denial of unpaid personal leave got mixed reactions from the staff

Sanction is an antonym for denial in dismissal topic.

Nearby Words: deny, denied, deniable, denier


Sanction noun - The approval by someone in authority for the doing of something.
Usage example: you cannot make a student video without your faculty advisor's sanction of its subject matter prior to shooting

Denial is an antonym for sanction in authorization topic.

Nearby Words: sanctioned, sanctity, sanctioning

How words are described

immediate immediate denial immediate sanction
official official denial official sanction
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Sanction or Denial. 2016. Accessed March 27, 2023.
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