Examples of legislate in a Sentence
They are attempting to legislate morality.
the need to better legislate foreign trade
trying to legislate changes in the current law
Recent Examples of legislate from the Web
The Torah's sympathetic attitude toward ecology surfaces in a law legislating conduct during war.
But even some Republicans think the impulse to legislate could backfire.
Perhaps most important, Senate Republicans have begun to stiffen their spines against Mr. Trump, who has spent the better part of his presidency alternatively ignoring, undermining or outright denouncing the efforts of Congress to legislate.
New York is one of the leading states in the U.S. to legislate to ban its commercial ivory trade.
While some measures have been codified—like bail and death-penalty reform—state lawmakers have generally been reluctant to legislate internal prison policy for fear of undermining corrections officers.
Governments also legislate to ensure that markets are in fact competitive.
The Reserve Bank is already enduring an attack on its inflation-targeting mandate by the Public Protector, and any move to legislate a new ownership structure could facilitate more drastic change.
Where immediately after the election, Republicans could hope to hide behind abstraction and the false promise of a pristine replacement bill, their sputtering efforts to legislate health care in the interim have completely denuded them.
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Origin and Etymology of legislate
First Known Use: 1656See Words from the same year
Synonymsconstitute, lay down, enact, make, ordain, pass
Antonymsrepeal, rescind, revoke
Related Wordsreenact, repass; bring about, effect; allow, authorize, permit, sanction; decree, dictate, proclaim; administer, execute; approve, confirm, ratify
Near Antonymsabolish, abrogate, annul, cancel, invalidate, kill, nullify; overturn, reverse, void
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: to make laws
: to control, create, or cause (something) by making laws
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