pragmatic sanction

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pragmatic sanction

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.]
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pragmatic sanction

(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an edict, decree, or ordinance issued with the force of fundamental law by a sovereign
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pragmat′ic sanc′tion

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