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[lej-is-ley-shuh n] /ˌlɛdʒ ɪsˈleɪ ʃən/
the act of making or enacting laws.
a law or a body of laws enacted.
Origin of legislation
1645-55; < Late Latin lēgislātiōn- (stem of lēgislātiō), equivalent to Latin phrase lēgis lātiō the bringing (i.e., proposing) of a law, equivalent to lēgis (genitive of lēx law) + lātiō a bringing; see relation
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sublegislation, noun Unabridged
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  • What you have done in one village, why should not legislation do throughout a kingdom?

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Death is Nature's remedy for all things, and why not legislation's?

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • The legislation of details in this domain becomes of necessity an injustice.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Here again our legislation is fettered by ignorance and religious dogma.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • You speak of the possibility of legislation to prevent this.

    War Taxation Otto H. Kahn
British Dictionary definitions for legislation


the act or process of making laws; enactment
the laws so made
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Word Origin and History for legislation

1650s, from French législation, from Late Latin legislationem (nominative legislatio), properly two words, legis latio, "proposing (literally 'bearing') of a law;" see legislator.

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