legislation

Legislation is the act or process of making or enacting laws. Some people think there should be more legislation in the area of education and some people think there should be less — governments debate the matter periodically.

The noun legislation refers to the actual law enacted by a legislative body at the national, state, or local level. There has been some very odd legislation over the years. In one state it was illegal to kiss on a train; in another, it was illegal to take a bath on Sunday. The sweeping legislation made radical changes to tax law, health care, and immigration law.

Definitions of legislation
  1. noun
    the act of making or enacting laws
    synonyms: lawmaking, legislating
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    types:
    criminalisation, criminalization
    legislation that makes something illegal
    decriminalisation, decriminalization
    legislation that makes something legal that was formerly illegal
    enactment, passage
    the passing of a law by a legislative body
    type of:
    administration, governance, governing, government, government activity
    the act of governing; exercising authority
  2. noun
    law enacted by a legislative body
    synonyms: statute law
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    types:
    enabling legislation
    legislation that gives appropriate officials the authority to implement or enforce the law
    federal job safety law, occupational safety and health act
    a law passed by the United States Congress that created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to prevent employees from being injured or contracting diseases in the course of their employment
    type of:
    civil law
    the body of laws established by a state or nation for its own regulation
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