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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Recent Examples on the Web Moderate members are taking her at her word because the most devastating thing for a swing district member to do is vote on controversial legislation for the team that eventually goes nowhere. Phil Mattingly, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 Former council members Debbie Pennington and Mitch Rhodus are vying for mayor – who does not vote on legislation but runs the meetings. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 21 Sep. 2021 The House rushed headlong Tuesday into a vote on legislation to fund the government, suspend the federal debt limit and provide disaster and refugee aid, forcing a showdown with Republicans who oppose the package despite the risk of a fiscal crisis. Lisa Mascaro And Kevin Freking, chicagotribune.com, 21 Sep. 2021 That’s the number of votes House Democrats can afford to lose from their own party on legislation that doesn’t otherwise have Republican support. Andrew Solender, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Party leaders are still working to find a compromise on the legislation that would satisfy virtually every Democrat in Congress. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 20 Sep. 2021 Party leaders are still working on finding a compromise on the sweeping legislation that would satisfy virtually every Democrat in Congress. Alan Fram, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021 Changing overtime: The Ohio Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would exempt commuting time and other tasks from overtime pay requirements. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 This focus will be in addition to smart takes on the most important legislation and proposals coming out of Congress. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of legislation

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Legislation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislation. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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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