positive sanction (positive social sanction)

(noun) A reward for conforming to established norms.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: positive sanctions
  • The terms positive sanction and positive social sanction are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Sociologists study four primary types of sanctions: formal sanctionsinformal sanctions, negative sanctions, and positive sanctions.

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