legislation

noun
leg·​is·​la·​tion | \ ˌle-jə-ˈslā-shən How to pronounce legislation (audio) \

Definition of legislation

1 : the action of legislating specifically : the exercise of the power and function of making rules (such as laws) that have the force of authority by virtue of their promulgation by an official organ of a state or other organization the major function of Congress is legislation — W. S. Sayre
2 : the enactments of a legislator or a legislative body legislation to help distressed homeowners
3 : a matter of business for or under consideration by a legislative body She proposed new legislation to protect the environment.

Examples of legislation in a Sentence

They passed new state legislation this week. Two new pieces of legislation are being considered. She introduced legislation for protecting the environment. More legislation is needed on this matter. Certain animals are protected under state legislation. One of the important functions of government is legislation.
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Over the past decade, there has been a notable increase in such legislation in the United States and internationally. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "How Rights of Nature Legislation Affords Legal Standing, or Personhood, to Natural Entities," 22 Apr. 2019 The Manchin-Toomey bill, the only gun legislation in Congress after Sandy Hook that came close to becoming law, didn’t even establish universal background checks. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 Known as Nosey's Law, the new legislation honors a 36-year-old elephant who was cruelly abused while performing in a circus. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Louise Linton Makes a Quiet Return to Instagram," 19 Dec. 2018 While the President can create the US Space Command, Congress must still create new legislation in order to establish the Space Force. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Space Command is coming back, but Space Force still needs approval from Congress," 18 Dec. 2018 The House passed an appropriations bill on Wednesday that increases military spending for the next fiscal year and keeps the government open through Dec. 7, leaving the legislation in President Trump’s hands days before funding expires on Oct. 1. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems opt to stick it out with Pelosi," 28 Sep. 2018 Miami Beach, Malibu, San Luis Obispo and San Francisco all have anti-straw legislation in the works. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "A splash of cold water on straw-ban fervor: Many people with disabilities need them," 13 July 2018 Federal politicians have yet to offer any major legislation in support of renewable ammonia, Finkel says, perhaps understandable in a country long wedded to exporting coal and natural gas. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 In an interview, Jones said the Till killing or any other case likely wouldn't be covered by this legislation if authorities were actively investigating. CBS News, "Government reopens investigation of Emmett Till's 1955 lynching," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of legislation

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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legislation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of legislation

: a law or set of laws made by a government
: the action or process of making laws

legislation

noun
leg·​is·​la·​tion | \ ˌle-jə-ˈslā-shən How to pronounce legislation (audio) \

Kids Definition of legislation

1 : the action of making laws
2 : the laws that are made Congress passed new legislation protecting the environment.

legislation

noun
leg·​is·​la·​tion | \ ˌle-jəs-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce legislation (audio) \

Legal Definition of legislation

1 : the making or giving of laws specifically : the exercise of the power and function of making rules that have the force of authority by virtue of their promulgation by an official organ of the state
2 : the enactments of a legislator or legislative body
3 : a matter of business for or under consideration by a legislative body recently proposed legislation

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