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a legislative act conferring certain specified powers on a person or organization
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How to use enabling act in a sentence
Report from Washington says it is probable an enabling act will pass.
The enabling act of 1857, would have greatly relieved them, but it was vetoed by Gov. Gardner.Facts and Figures Concerning the Hoosac Tunnel|John J. Piper
The law was essentially an enabling act, and its practical efficacy was contingent upon executive discretion.The Cleveland Era|Henry Jones Ford
The enabling act was signed by President Cleveland on the 17th of July, 1894.Wilford Woodruff|Matthias F. Cowley
But that is a mere usage, resorted to when Congress has not thought proper to pass what is called an enabling act.Presidential Candidates:|D. W. Bartlett