SANCTION By Nugent, Pam M.S. - April 28, 2013 Any penalty, specified or in the form of moral pressure, that acts to ensure compliance or conformity. See also: social sanction. SANCTION: "The U.S. Has imposed sanctions on North Korea." Related Psychology Terms TABOO (TABU) ETHICAL DILEMMA GROUPTHINK NAIVE HEDONISM LOW-BALL TECHNIQUE BARO- (BAR-) INTERPERSONAL INFLUENCE ETHICAL JUDGMENT CONVENTIONAL LEVEL ESCAPE FROM FREEDOM Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "SANCTION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/sanction/ (accessed February 19, 2018).