[lej-is-ley-shuh n]


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
Related formssub·leg·is·la·tion, noun
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Contemporary Examples of legislation

Historical Examples of legislation

  • What you have done in one village, why should not legislation do throughout a kingdom?

  • 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.

  • Here again our legislation is fettered by ignorance and religious dogma.

  • 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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