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legislation

[ lej-is-ley-shuh n ]
/ ˌlɛdʒ ɪsˈleɪ ʃən /
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noun

the act of making or enacting laws.
a law or a body of laws enacted.

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RELATED WORDS

statute, charter, constitution, bill, act, regulation, ruling, measure, enactment, prescription, codification, lawmaking

Nearby words

legionnaire, legionnaire's disease, legionnaires' disease, legis., legislate, legislation, legislative, legislative assembly, legislative branch, legislative council, legislative veto

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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British Dictionary definitions for legislation

legislation

/ (ˌlɛdʒɪsˈleɪʃən) /

noun

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

legislation


n.

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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