- 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
- an imperial or royal ordinance or decree that has the force of law.
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