en·​act·​ment | \ i-ˈnak(t)-mənt How to pronounce enactment (audio) \

Definition of enactment

1 : the act of enacting : the state of being enacted
2 : something (such as a law) that has been enacted

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Recent Examples on the Web Democrats, scattered around the country, used a voice vote to pick Pelosi to guide a smaller and ideologically divided House majority in shepherding Biden's agenda toward enactment. Arkansas Online, "House Dems nominate Pelosi as speaker to lead into Biden era," 18 Nov. 2020 Invalidating the whole law would allow health insurers to resume their long-standing practice before the law’s enactment of turning away people with preexisting medical conditions. David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, "Supreme Court justices appear ready to uphold Obamacare," 10 Nov. 2020 In these early interactions, the Harvard team identified five elements that lay the groundwork for the enactment of swarm intelligence. Douglas Starr, The New Yorker, "What Should Crisis Leadership Look Like?," 26 Oct. 2020 The stark division between the top two Republicans in Washington was the latest indication of the dim pre-election prospects for enactment of a broad pandemic recovery package that economists have said is badly needed. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Republicans Clash on Stimulus as Trump Says ‘Go Big’ and McConnell Demurs," 15 Oct. 2020 Republicans in the Senate have been the main obstacle to enactment of a $2 trillion or greater package, and the GOP looks increasingly likely to hold onto its majority there. Erik Wasson, Bloomberg.com, "Democrats Lose Leverage on Stimulus, as Smaller Bill Likely," 4 Nov. 2020 This led to the enactment of the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution, which moved inauguration day up to January 20. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "Is Biden Ready for a Helter-Skelter Presidential Transition?," 2 Nov. 2020 Yet Republicans presented an additional obstacle to the enactment of a relief measure. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "Trump Casts Doubt on Stimulus Deal as Republicans Resist a Possible Compromise," 21 Oct. 2020 The enactment of the law was in response to two Supreme Court cases. Jessica Hill, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Post detailing 9 things women couldn't do before 1971 is mostly right," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of enactment

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of enactment was in 1792

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25 Nov 2020

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“Enactment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enactment. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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Legal Definition of enactment

1 : the act of enacting : the state of being enacted
2 : something (as a law) that has been enacted

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