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legislate

[lej-is-leyt] /ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), legislated, legislating.
1.
to exercise the function of legislation; make or enact laws.
verb (used with object), legislated, legislating.
2.
to create, provide, or control by legislation:
attempts to legislate morality.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; back formation from legislation, legislator
Related forms
overlegislate, verb, overlegislated, overlegislating.
quasi-legislated, adjective
unlegislated, adjective
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Examples from the web for legislate
  • They attempted and almost succeeded in the effort to legislate us out of office.
  • Then it would be up to every state to legislate accordingly.
  • We can, and do, legislate acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
  • There would be no need to legislate against interbreeding.
  • They claim to legislate for every aspect of life, and they claim the right to scrutinize everything that is said and even thought.
  • The government cannot legislate that imbalance away.
  • Data security is hugely important: too important not to legislate, while too important to rush into legislation.
  • They might then legislate the broad reforms in insurance and payment that would make this model much more effective.
  • That's empirical proof that politicians are willing to try to legislate narrow partisan beliefs into reality.
  • Instead of creating equal opportunity, it tried to legislate equal results.
British Dictionary definitions for legislate

legislate

/ˈlɛdʒɪsˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to make or pass laws
2.
(transitive) to bring into effect by legislation
Word Origin
C18: back formation from legislator
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Word Origin and History for legislate
v.

1805, back-formation from legislation, etc. Related: Legislated; legislating.

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