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legislation

[lej-is-ley-shuh n] /ˌlɛdʒ ɪsˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of making or enacting laws.
2.
a law or a body of laws enacted.
Origin of legislation
1645-1655
1645-55; < Late Latin lēgislātiōn- (stem of lēgislātiō), equivalent to Latin phrase lēgis lātiō the bringing (i.e., proposing) of a law, equivalent to lēgis (genitive of lēx law) + lātiō a bringing; see relation
Related forms
sublegislation, noun
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  • Upper Canada was the first British possession to provide by legislation for the abolition of slavery.

  • What you have done in one village, why should not legislation do throughout a kingdom?

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • His influence on legislation is enormous and he can't be ignored.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • What, then, he said, is still remaining to us of the work of legislation?

    The Republic Plato
  • The amount of crime is increased also by the constant increase of legislation.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
British Dictionary definitions for legislation

legislation

/ˌlɛdʒɪsˈleɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of making laws; enactment
2.
the laws so made
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Word Origin and History for legislation
n.

1650s, from French législation, from Late Latin legislationem (nominative legislatio), properly two words, legis latio, "proposing (literally 'bearing') of a law;" see legislator.

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