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
Syllabification: neg·a·tive sanc·tion
- American English – /nEgUH-tiv sAngkshUHn/
- British English – /nEgUH-tiv sAngkshUHn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈnɛgətɪv ˈsæŋkʃən/
- British English – /ˈnɛgətɪv ˈsæŋkʃən/
- 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:
- “Since mores . . . are based on cultural values and considered to be crucial to the well-being of the group, violators are subject to more severe negative sanctions (such as ridicule, loss of employment, or imprisonment) than are those that fail to adhere to folkways. The strongest mores are referred to as taboos” (Kendall 2006:56).
- Word origin of “negative” and “sanction” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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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 May 29, 2023 (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 May 29, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-sanction/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“negative sanction.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 29 May. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/negative-sanction/>.