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

n the act of making or enacting laws

lawmaking, legislating
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

n law enacted by a legislative body

statute law
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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