[pey-tree-eyt; especially British pa‐]
- to transfer (legislation) to the authority of an autonomous country from its previous mother country.
Origin of patriate
First recorded in 1965–70; back formation from repatriate
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- to bring under the authority of an autonomous country, for example as in the transfer of the Canadian constitution from UK to Canadian responsibility
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1966, in Canadian English (perhaps coined by Lester B. Pearson) in reference to constitutional laws, probably a back-formation from repatriate. Related: Patriated; patriation.
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