pragmatic sanction

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pragmatic sanction

n.
An edict or decree issued by a sovereign that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land.

[Translation of Late Latin prāgmatica sānctiō, imperial decree referring to the affairs of a community : Latin prāgmatica, feminine of prāgmaticus, referring to civil affairs + Latin sānctiō, ordinance.]

pragmatic sanction

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an edict, decree, or ordinance issued with the force of fundamental law by a sovereign

pragmat′ic sanc′tion


n.
(in European history) any of various royal or imperial decrees with the effect of fundamental law.

Pragmatic Sanction

1713 An attempt to guarantee succession to the Austro-Hungarian throne of Maria Theresa.
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Noun1.pragmatic sanction - an imperial decree that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land
imperial decree - a decree issued by a sovereign ruler