legislation

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noun leg·is·la·tion \ˌle-jə-ˈslā-shən\

Definition of legislation

  1. 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. 2 :  the enactments of a legislator or a legislative body legislation to help distressed homeowners

  3. 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

  1. They passed new state legislation this week.

  2. Two new pieces of legislation are being considered.

  3. She introduced legislation for protecting the environment.

  4. More legislation is needed on this matter.

  5. Certain animals are protected under state legislation.

  6. One of the important functions of government is legislation.

1606

First Known Use of legislation

1606


LEGISLATION Defined for English Language Learners

legislation

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noun leg·is·la·tion \ˌle-jə-ˈslā-shən\

Definition of legislation for English Language Learners

  • : a law or set of laws made by a government

  • : the action or process of making laws


LEGISLATION Defined for Kids

legislation

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noun leg·is·la·tion \ˌle-jə-ˈslā-shən\

Definition of legislation for Students

  1. 1 :  the action of making laws

  2. 2 :  the laws that are made Congress passed new legislation protecting the environment.


Law Dictionary

legislation

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noun leg·is·la·tion \ˌle-jəs-ˈlā-shən\

Legal Definition of legislation

  1. 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. 2 :  the enactments of a legislator or legislative body

  3. 3 :  a matter of business for or under consideration by a legislative body recently proposed legislation



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