- 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
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Examples from the Web for legislations
This utility is the principle of all human virtues, and the foundation of all legislations.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
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
An apparently strong point has been made against any connexion between the legislations on the score of philology.
- the act or process of making laws; enactment
- 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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