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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Legislate'

Legislate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    legislate v : make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation; "They passed the amendment"; "We cannot legislate how people's spend their free time" [syn: pass]
Legislate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Legislate \Leg"is*late\ (l[e^]j"[i^]s*l[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Legislated (-l[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Legislating (-l[=a]`t[i^]ng).] [See Legislator.] To make or enact a law or laws. Solon, in legislating for the Athenians, had an idea of a more perfect constitution than he gave them. --Bp. Watson (1805).
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Legislate'

Legislation (or "statutory law") is law which has been promulgated (or "enacted") by a legislature or other governing body, or the process of making it. (Another source of law is judge-made law or case law.) Before an item of legislation becomes law it may be known as a bill, and may be broadly referred to as "legislation" while it remains under consideration to distinguish it from other business. Legislation can have many purposes: to regulate, to authorize, to proscribe, to provide (funds), to sanction, to grant, to declare or to restrict.

Under the Westminster system, an item of primary legislation is known as an Act of Parliament after enactment.

Legislation is usually proposed by a member of the legislature (e.g. a member of Congress or Parliament), or by the executive, whereupon it is debated by members of the legislature and is often amended before passage. Most large legislatures enact only a small fraction of the bills proposed in a given session. Whether a given bill will be proposed and enter into force is generally a matter of the legislative priorities of government.

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* Check out the Declaration of Independence You think it promises happiness No no no, it talks about the pursuit of happiness. The PURSUIT We've become a nation of wimps We think we're entitled to everything, we want to legislate ourselves into some cozy little cocoon. Well, forget it, Nature Boy. There are no guarantees. Life is nasty, brutish, and short. - Jeff Melvoin

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Legislate Sample Sentences in News

  • Brazil to legislate on online civil rights following Snowden revelations
    Measures originally touted for business reasons have been accelerated by the political climate Brazil's congress will vote next week on a controversial new internet bill that will help to define the parameters of President Dilma Rousseff's campaign to reform the web. It is the first legislative step in a major diplomatic and technological push by Brazil to Read more on this news related to 'Legislate'
  • New height limits for Shrine's surrounds
    The Victorian government says it will legislate to stop Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance from being overshadowed by neighbouring developments. Read more on this news related to 'Legislate'
  • Ukraine's 'stalling' on EU trade pact seen as victory for Vladimir Putin
    Kiev's failure to legislate for release of Yulia Tymoshenko, a key condition of Brussels deal, enhances Moscow's hold Europe's hopes of besting Vladimir Putin and luring Ukraine out of Moscow's orbit through free trade and the prospect of EU membership suffered a setback on Wednesday when the parliament in Kiev balked at a key decision intended to Read more on this news related to 'Legislate'

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