- to reduce (laws, rules, etc.) to a code.
- to make a digest of; arrange in a systematic collection.
Origin of codify
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2. classify, catalog, order, organize, group.
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Examples from the Web for codify
They are demanding that the rest of us affirm their bad theology and codify it in the law.Are Opponents of Arizona's Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive?
March 3, 2014
The Chinese leadership supposedly recognizes the illegality of such detentions, yet is seeking to codify them into law.Obama, Don’t Let Xi Forget China’s Human Rights Record
June 8, 2013
I continue to believe that whenever we can codify something through legislation, it is on firmer ground.Obama's Dodge on Executive Power
January 27, 2013
Since there are nearly as many goals within Anonymous as there are members, it's difficult to codify what they're about.GoDaddy’s Service Disruption: How Anonymous Hacked the Media
September 13, 2012
To codify is to classify, and Bentham might be defined as a codifying animal.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.
Then begin by stating what are our duties, and codify what is good and what is bad.Conscience, Complete
That is, they refused to codify it and left it for the courts to decide.Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama
Walter L. Fleming
There is nothing finical or foppish about the conventions which Mr. Harcourt undertakes to codify and explain.Ben's Nugget
Horatio, Jr. Alger
In 1858 he was chosen by the Seventh General Assembly one of the three commissioners to revise and codify the laws of the state.History of Linn County Iowa
Luther A. Brewer
- (tr) to organize or collect together (laws, rules, procedures, etc) into a system or code
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Word Origin and History for codify
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