Definition of Positive Sanction
(noun) A reward for conforming to established norms.
Examples of Positive Sanction
- When a student receives an award for academic achievement.
- At a football game, when a crowd cheers upon one team scoring against the other.
Positive Sanction Pronunciation
Syllabification: pos·i·tive sanc·tion
- American English – /pAHz-uh-tiv sAngkshUHn/
- British English – /pOz-i-tiv sAngkshUHn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈpɑzətɪv ˈsæŋkʃən/
- British English – /ˈpɒzətɪv ˈsæŋkʃən/
- Plural: positive sanctions
- The terms “positive sanction” and “positive social sanction” are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Positive sanctions include awards, certificates, honors, medals, orders, praise, titles, and trophies.
- Sociologists study four primary types of sanctions:
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Cite the Definition of Positive Sanction
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “positive sanction.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/positive-sanction/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
positive sanction. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/positive-sanction/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “positive sanction.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/positive-sanction/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“positive sanction.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/positive-sanction/>.