- to exercise the function of legislation; make or enact laws.
- to create, provide, or control by legislation: attempts to legislate morality.
Origin of legislate
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Examples from the Web for legislates
In a democracy, every one legislates, and every one legislates for his own interests.Diary in America, Series Two
Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Rhode Island legislates to restrict slavery in the Province.
Hence, let its meaning be what it may, it legislates nothing for or against slavery.A Defence of Virginia
Robert L. Dabney
In times of emergency, she steps to the front and legislates, judges, or fights.Woman in Modern Society
It legislates, consciously or otherwise, more for accumulated wealth, than for the laboring man who now accumulates.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)
- (intr) to make or pass laws
- (tr) to bring into effect by legislation
C18: back formation from legislator
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Word Origin and History for legislates
1805, back-formation from legislation, etc. Related: Legislated; legislating.
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