legislate

[lej-is-leyt]
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:
1710–20; back formation from legislation, legislator

overlegislate, verb, overlegislated, overlegislating.
quasi-legislated, adjective
unlegislated, adjective
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legislate (ˈlɛdʒɪsˌleɪt)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to make or pass laws
2.  (tr) to bring into effect by legislation
 
[C18: back formation from legislator]

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legislate
1805, back formation from legislation, etc.
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Example sentences
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.
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