from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To organize or arrange systematically, especially in writing.
  • transitive verb To establish or express in a conventional form or standard formulation.
  • transitive verb To turn (a common law requirement or practice) into law.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To reduce to a code or digest, as laws.
  • To arrange or systematize in general; make an orderly collection or compendium of; epitomize.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To reduce to a code, as laws.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To reduce to a code, to arrange into a code.
  • verb To collect and arrange in a systematic form.

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

  • verb organize into a code or system, such as a body of law


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  • Mr. President: A word to the wise, even if it becomes clear you've gone back on your staff's statements that your Stupak-evil Order doesn't do anything more than "codify" existing law.

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  • Why was the Executive Order at all necessary if all it did was "codify" existing law?

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  • Sure, I'll support you when you tell me it's a good idea to (only) "codify" in an Executive Order something, (The Hyde Amendment), which, by any measure, has been horrible for women for over two generations (The Speaker and her pro-choice Member leaders).

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  • I ask you dear citizens should we also "codify" that the detainees at Camp Xray can also be children as recently reported in the news?


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  • Senator Dianne Feinstein has apparently decided that Obama's executive order is not secure as policy, and declared she will go forward with legislation to "codify" the change to the Army Field Manual, making it less likely it can be overturned by further executive actions.

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  • Johnson's words may simply sound like the dire predictions of a pro-life advocate, but pro-choicers who support the bill acknowledge that it not only would "codify" Roe but also would lead to the striking down of state and federal abortion restrictions.


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