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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Examples of enactment in a Sentence

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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Since its enactment, in 1970, under the Nixon Administration, Title X has specified that federal funding cannot be used for abortions. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "How the Trump Administration Is Stigmatizing Abortion," 24 Aug. 2019 The hazy skies colored Wheeler's remarks about improvements to air quality since the enactment of the Clean Air Act. Geof Koss, Scientific American, "Alaska Reels During Summer of Fire, Heat and Floods," 21 Aug. 2019 The bill's enactment is the latest of the frequent high-profile battles that have pitted Trump against California. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Reagan's racist phone call, revealed," 31 July 2019 Legislation that ultimately emerges will have to be rewritten by representatives and senators, ironing out differences between the two versions before enactment. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "House Backs Defense Spending Bill Calling For 3 Subs A Year," 24 May 2018 No staging, just singers in their tails and gowns standing and often awkwardly singing with minimal enactment. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Plácido Domingo wins a long ovation in his first concert after harassment allegations," 26 Aug. 2019 That date marked the enactment of the Cannabis Act, which made Canada the second nation, after Uruguay, to legalize recreational marijuana. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "‘The system is swamped.’ Canada can't keep up with requests to study cannabis," 19 Aug. 2019 But the package — which passed by a vote of 230 to 195 nearly along party lines, only after Democratic leaders toughened restrictions on the money to win over liberal skeptics — faces a tough path to enactment. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "House Approves Border Aid, Seeking to Curb Trump’s Crackdown," 25 June 2019 Replicas of Victorian steam locomotives rolled in for a re-enactment of the legendary photo celebrating the driving of the golden spike. CBS News, "Building the Transcontinental Railroad, the moonshot of the 19th century," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of enactment

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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