[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
Word Origin and History for patriation
1966, in Canadian English (perhaps coined by Lester B. Pearson) in reference to constitutional laws, probably a back-formation from repatriate. Related: Patriated; patriation.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper