Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of legislating; lawmaking.
  • n. A proposed or enacted law or group of laws.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of legislating; preparation and enactment of laws; the laws enacted.
  • n. Law which has been enacted by legislature or other governing body

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of legislating; preparation and enactment of laws; the laws enacted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The enacting of laws or statutes; the exercise of the power of legislating; the business of a legislator or a legislature.
  • n. The product of legislative action; a law or the laws promulgated by a legislator or a legislature; a statute, or a body of statutory law: as, the legislation of Moses is contained in the Pentateuch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. law enacted by a legislative body
  • n. the act of making or enacting laws

Etymologies

From Late Latin lēgislātiō ("the giving of the law"). (Wiktionary)

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