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  1. pragmatic sanction

    • n.
      an imperial or royal decree that has the force of law.;a document drafted in 1717 by the Emperor Charles VI providing for his daughter Maria Theresa to succeed to all his territories should he die without a son. Opposition to it led to the War of the Austrian Succession on Charles's death in 1740.
    • noun: pragmatic sanction, plural noun: pragmatic sanctions