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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as a result of an enactment by Congress, this breathtaking canyon will be permanently protected from development the enactment of the murder is never actually shown on screen

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The enactment of such laws is beyond consequential in a country where domestic work has historically and systematically been excluded from protection under labor laws, both at the state and federal level. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "Domestic Workers Like My Mom Deserve Protection and Security," 26 Mar. 2019 Mexico has added hundreds of thousands of auto-making jobs since Nafta’s enactment in 1994, while the United States has lost hundreds of thousands. New York Times, "Trump’s Trade Moves Put U.S. Carmakers in a Jam at Home and Abroad," 10 May 2018 The deadlock came when House Republicans refused to approve funding for the federal government unless enactment of Affordable Care Act was delayed. Newsweek, "October 04 Issue," 4 Oct. 2017 Activities will include Lincoln-themed films, living-history performances and a Civil War encampment and battle re-enactments. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Midwest events: Lumberjack championships, a country music festival and more," 22 June 2018 History was on display during the Spring Creek Park Heritage Festival at Spring Creek Park in Tomball. The Harris County precinct 4 event featured archaeology digs, Civil War battle re-enactments, and tours of a historic cemetery. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Photos: Spring Creek Park Heritage Festival," 23 May 2018 Greene shifts back and forth between re-enactments of a deadly miners’ strike and unscripted pontificating about politics from some of the locals. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 10 best documentaries of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 The event was held each autumn on the Santa Fe Plaza during the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe, Some Native American activists have criticized the re-enactment for years. Fox News, "New Mexico accord unveiled over event celebrating 'conquest'," 30 Aug. 2018 That promise is backed by his pledge to ask war-time executive power if congress lags in the necessary enactment. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Roosevelt takes the helm," 5 Mar. 2018

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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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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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