(noun) A reward for conforming to established norms.
- When a student receives an award for academic achievement.
- At a football game, when a crowd cheers upon one team scoring against the other.
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- Plural: positive sanctions
- The terms positive sanction and positive social sanction are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Sociologists study four primary types of sanctions: formal sanctions, informal sanctions, negative sanctions, and positive sanctions.
- Word origin of “positive” and “sanction” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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How to Cite the Definition of Positive Sanction
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “positive sanction.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 20, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/positive-sanction/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
positive sanction. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://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 May 20, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/positive-sanction/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“positive sanction.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 20 May. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/positive-sanction/>.