royal assent


Definition of royal assent

: the official but purely formal approval of the sovereign required for the passage of all legislation under English parliamentary law

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First Known Use of royal assent

1554, in the meaning defined above

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“Royal assent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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