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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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Historians of late antiquity examine the state, culture and society, and religion of Italy under Ostrogothic rule, beginning with Odovacer, who deposed the last Roman emperor of the West in 476 and ending with the "official" conclusion of the Gothic War in 554, when Justinian issued the Pragmatic Sanction. Among the topics are ideologies and transitions of the Ostrogothic Kingdom, the Senate at Rome, Goths and Gothic identity, the heroine and the historian: Procopius of Caesarea on the troubled reign of Queen Amalasuentha, barbarizing the bel paese: environmental history, the Roman church and its bishops, and mapping the church and asceticism in Ostrogothic Italy.
It demonstrates that when faced with a truly urgent global challenge, Catholics and Anglicans remain capable of joining forces despite recent turbulence in their relationship--and not merely as a sort of pragmatic sanction, but in a spirit of real friendship.
Perhaps what is distinctively Baptist here is the willingness to grant pragmatic sanction to what are often highly organized state and national structures, while consistently refusing to see those organizations as having any implicit religious or theological necessity.