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Pragmatic sanction   /prægmˈætɪk sˈæŋkʃən/   Listen
Pragmatic sanction

noun
1.
An imperial decree that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land.  Synonym: pragmatic.






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... same year, 1740, in which Frederic II succeeded his father, the Emperor Charles VI died, leaving his hereditary dominions to his daughter Maria Theresa, wife of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, of the House of Lorraine. By an instrument called the Pragmatic Sanction, which was the subject of protracted negotiations, the Powers had agreed to acknowledge her right. She was & sensible and reasonable woman, much the best that had ever reigned; but she was without culture or superior talent, and he husband ...
— Lectures on Modern history • Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

... judicature, Church and State, were objects of a traffic almost as shameless as in Spain. The ermine was sold at auction, mitres were objects of public barter, Church preferments were bestowed upon female children in their cradles. Yet there was hope in France, notwithstanding that the Pragmatic Sanction of St. Louis, the foundation of the liberties of the Gallican Church, had been annulled by Francis, who had divided the seamless garment ...
— The Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1555-1566 • John Lothrop Motley



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