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negative sanction (negative social sanction)

Definition of Negative Sanction

(noun) A punishment for breaking an established norm.

Example of Negative Sanction

  • Getting a traffic ticket for speeding.

Negative Sanction Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: neg·a·tive sanc·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /nEgUH-tiv sAngkshUHn/
  • British English – /nEgUH-tiv sAngkshUHn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈnɛgətɪv ˈsæŋkʃən/
  • British English – /ˈnɛgətɪv ˈsæŋkʃən/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: negative sanctions
  • The terms “negative sanction” and “negative social sanction” are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Negative sanctions range on a continuum from judgemental looks and mild disapproval, to life imprisonment or the death penalty.
  • Sociologists study four primary types of sanctions:

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Cite the Definition of Negative Sanction

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “negative sanction.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 23, 2024 (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 June 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-sanction/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“negative sanction.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-sanction/>.