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  • adj. That can be sanctioned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Worthy of sanction, or of approbation or approval.


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  • In the new bill, Congress has, among other things, expanded the range of business activities by third-country entities that are potentially "sanctionable" by the United States; the new categories include selling refined petroleum products (e.g., gasoline) to Iran and helping Iran develop its own capacity to produce refined petroleum products.

  • This strikes me as certainly frivolous, possibly sanctionable, and perhaps even sufficient to support an ethics charge in the relevant states.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Was the Individual Mandate a “Republican Idea”?

  • While doing nothing illegal itself, the Italian-Iranian Chamber of Commerce (IICC) has been promoting clearly sanctionable activity (in the legal sense) that is hardly sanctionable (in the ethical sense.)

    Abraham H. Foxman: Europe's Contradictions on Iran Sanctions

  • While the transactions may not be sanctionable activity in the legal sense, they certainly are not sanctionable in the ethical sense.

    Abraham H. Foxman: Europe's Contradictions on Iran Sanctions

  • Though the GAO examined sales before the signing of the updated sanctions in July 2010, the report "highlights open source information that, following further investigation by the State Department, could contribute to the identification of persons of firms whose activities may be sanctionable under ISA [Iran Sanctions Act of 1996], as amended by CISADA."

    BP May Have Violated U.S. Sanctions On Trade With Iran, Says Government Audit

  • "Wipro has served their full four-year sanction period June 13, 2007 to June 12, 2011 for the sanctionable practice of providing improper benefits to Bank staff," the spokesman said in the PTI report.

    World Bank Removes Wipro from List of Barred Entities

  • The U. S.'s number-two diplomat also cautioned that the number of sanctionable companies likely isn't as large as some on Capitol Hill have argued.

    U.S. Slams Firms Over Ties to Iran

  • "The administration is in the final stages of reviewing cases of potentially sanctionable activity [of companies] under U.S. law and expects to be making decisions on those cases soon," a senior official said.

    LyondellBasell Will Quit Iran

  • For over 14 years, since the passing of the Iran Sanctions Act, only one determination of sanctionable activity has ever been made, and the resulting penalties were immediately waved, she said.

    Experts Tell Congress Sanctions are Isolating Iran

  • Whenever they're doing something sanctionable, like hiding documents or improperly invoking attorney-client privilege or coaching a witness, they always try to get to court first with a motion for sanctions accusing you of doing whatever evil thing it is they're doing.

    Forget Ayers. McCain Served On Advisory Board Of Whacked Out Council For World Freedom


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