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[lej-is-ley-shuh n] /ˌlɛdʒ ɪsˈleɪ ʃən/
the act of making or enacting laws.
a law or a body of laws enacted.
Origin of legislation
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
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sublegislation, noun Unabridged
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  • While smaller colleges receive fewer government dollars, they still need to track relevant legislation.
  • Inevitably, any legislation providing government health insurance will have consequences in these areas, too.
  • Whatever stagnates in the flat of custom or obedience or legislation, the great poet never stagnates.
  • We have given the general legislature all the great subjects of legislation.
  • Our army needs complete reorganization,-not merely enlarging,-and the reorganization can only come as the result of legislation.
  • No previous climate-change legislation had come so far.
  • But the legislation has no master plan for dealing with the problem of soaring medical costs.
  • The reform legislation had banned such gifts, forcing donors to find new ways of influencing the political process.
  • It explains why reductions in ozone levels in some areas have lagged despite clean air legislation.
  • They simply disagree on the contents of that legislation.
British Dictionary definitions for legislation


the act or process of making laws; enactment
the laws so made
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Word Origin and History for legislation

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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