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positive sanction (positive social sanction)

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

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: pos·i·tive sanc·tion

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /pAHz-uh-tiv sAngkshUHn/
  • British English – /pOz-i-tiv sAngkshUHn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈpɑzətɪv ˈsæŋkʃən/
  • British English – /ˈpɒzətɪv ˈsæŋkʃən/

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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 August 12, 2020 (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 August 12, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/positive-sanction/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“positive sanction.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 12 Aug. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/positive-sanction/>.