- to make into an act or statute: Congress has enacted a new tax law.
- to represent on or as on the stage; act the part of: to enact Hamlet.
Origin of enact
Related formsen·act·a·ble, adjectiveen·ac·tor, nounpre·en·act, verb (used with object)re·en·act, verb (used with object)un·en·act·ed, adjectivewell-en·act·ed, adjective
First recorded in 1375–1425, enact
is from the late Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for un-enacted
Derived Formsenactable, adjectiveenactive or enactory, adjectiveenactment or enaction, nounenactor, noun
- to make into an act or statute
- to establish by law; ordain or decree
- to represent or perform in or as if in a play; to act out
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Word Origin and History for un-enacted
early 15c., from en- (1) "make, put in" + act. Related: Enacted; enacting.
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