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sanction n1 : a punitive or coercive measure or action that results from failure to comply with a law, rule, or order [a for contempt]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.