enactment

The process of making something into a law is enactment. The enactment of new legislation in your town means that you'll now have to keep your dog on a leash in all public parks.

Enactment comes from the verb enact, which has long been used to mean "establish as law." This legal terminology has "act" at its center, meaning both "to do" and "written proof of something that's been said, done, or agreed to." Legitimizing this kind of act as law is where enactment comes in. You can also use this word for the resulting law itself: "The enactment doesn't affect me — I never let my dog off her leash anyway."

Definitions of enactment
  1. noun
    the passing of a law by a legislative body
    synonyms: passage
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    lawmaking, legislating, legislation
    the act of making or enacting laws
  2. noun
    a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
    synonyms: act
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    nullity
    something that is null (especially an enactment that has no legal validity)
    decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript
    a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
    legislative act, statute
    an act passed by a legislative body
    consent decree
    an agreement between two parties that is sanctioned by the court; for example, a company might agree to stop certain questionable practices without admitting guilt
    curfew
    an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited
    decree nisi
    a decree issued on a first petition for divorce; becomes absolute at some later date
    imperial decree
    a decree issued by a sovereign ruler
    judicial separation, legal separation
    a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart
    programma
    an edict that has been publicly posted
    ban, prohibition, proscription
    a decree that prohibits something
    stay
    a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted
    fair-trade act
    formerly a state law that protected manufacturers from price-cutting by allowing them to set minimum retail prices for their merchandise; eliminated by the United States Congress in 1975
    Stamp Act
    an act passed by the British Parliament in 1756 that raised revenue from the American Colonies by a duty in the form of a stamp required on all newspapers and legal or commercial documents; opposition by the Colonies resulted in the repeal of the act in 1766
    enabling act, enabling clause
    a provision in a law that confers on appropriate officials the power to implement or enforce the law
    FISA, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
    an act passed by Congress in 1978 to establish procedures for requesting judicial authorization for foreign intelligence surveillance and to create the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court; intended to increase United States counterintelligence; separate from ordinary law enforcement surveillance
    ordinance
    a statute enacted by a city government
    special act
    a legislative act that applies only to a particular person or particular district
    bull, papal bull
    a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
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    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
  3. noun
    acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
    synonyms: characterisation, characterization, personation, portrayal
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    impression
    an impressionistic portrayal of a person
    character, part, persona, role, theatrical role
    an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
    bit part, minor role
    a small role
    heavy
    a serious (or tragic) role in a play
    hero
    the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
    ingenue
    the role of an innocent artless young woman in a play
    name part, title role
    the role of the character after whom the play is named
    heroine
    the main good female character in a work of fiction
    baddie, villain
    the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction
    cameo
    a brief appearance by a well-known actor in a movie or play
    type of:
    acting, performing, playacting, playing
    the performance of a part or role in a drama
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