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[en-akt-muh nt]
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  1. the act of enacting.
  2. the state or fact of being enacted.
  3. something that is enacted; a law or statute.
  4. a single provision of a law.
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Origin of enactment

First recorded in 1810–20; enact + -ment
Related formsnon·en·act·ment, nounre·en·act·ment, noun
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Related Words for re-enactment

picture, photograph, replication, photocopy, recreation, propagation, replica, facsimile, imitation, print, breeding, copy, generation, dupe, twin, fake, portrayal, revival, renewal, increase

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Historical Examples of re-enactment

  • It seemed a dream, or rather the re-enactment of an old scene.

    The War Trail

    Mayne Reid

  • That an expiring law is constitutional is not always a convincing argument for its re-enactment.

    The Middle Period 1817-1858

    John William Burgess

  • This ordinance, which is issued motu proprio by the Pope, is the re-enactment and more exact definition of an old law.

  • Re-enactment itself became a foolish thing, the husk of what had once been fruit.

  • To expel them formally from the system would require the re-enactment of vast portions of law.

British Dictionary definitions for re-enactment


  1. the acting out or repetition of a past event or situation
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Word Origin and History for re-enactment


also reenactment, 1780; see re-enact + -ment.

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1817, from enact + -ment.

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