Examples of negative sanction in the United States include punishments such as jail time for committing criminal offenses or fines in the case of civil cases. A sanction is a reaction that indicates whether a group in society approves or disapproves of an action.
In some countries, specifically those without a legal system in place, negative sanctions can be imposed by the group or individual who was wronged by an action. This could include a person imposing a punishment on a significant other who had an affair. Seizing property, causing injury to another person or even murder are examples of negative sanctions.