negative sanction (negative social sanction)

(noun) A punishment for breaking an established norm.

Example: Getting a traffic ticket for speeding.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: negative sanctions
  • The terms negative sanction and negative 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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How to Cite the Definition of Negative Sanction

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “negative sanction.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-sanction/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

negative sanction. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-sanction/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “negative sanction.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-sanction/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“negative sanction.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-sanction/>.