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[lej-is-ley-shuh n]
  1. the act of making or enacting laws.
  2. a law or a body of laws enacted.
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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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Related Words for legislations

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

Examples from the Web for legislations

Historical Examples of legislations

  • This utility is the principle of all human virtues, and the foundation of all legislations.

    Diderot and the Encyclopdists

    John Morley

  • That is the history of all religions; that is the effect of all the divine inspirations and legislations.

    God and the State

    Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin

  • The two legislations ought to be completely independent, and yet mutually complementary.

    The Aesthetical Essays

    Friedrich Schiller

  • An apparently strong point has been made against any connexion between the legislations on the score of philology.

British Dictionary definitions for legislations


  1. the act or process of making laws; enactment
  2. the laws so made
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Word Origin and History for legislations



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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