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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Definitions for promulgate

  1. to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.).
  2. to set forth or teach publicly (a creed, doctrine, etc.).

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Citations for promulgate
The mathematicians, I grant you, have done their best to promulgate the popular error to which you allude, and which is none the less an error for its promulgation as truth. Edgar Allan Poe, "The Purloined Letter," 1844
I think it means that we promulgate simple and comprehensible laws so that people know where they stand. Tom Clancy, Executive Orders, 1996
Origin of promulgate
1520-1530
Promulgate comes from the Latin promulgare meaning "make publicly known." It entered English in the 1500s.