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

  • noun The act of enacting.
  • noun The state of being enacted.
  • noun Something that has been enacted.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of enacting or decreeing; specifically, the passing of a bill into a law; the act of giving validity to a law by vote or decree.
  • noun A law enacted; a statute; an act.
  • noun The acting of a part or representation of a character in a play.

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

  • noun The passing of a bill into a law; the giving of legislative sanction and executive approval to a bill whereby it is established as a law.
  • noun That which is enacted or passed into a law; a law; a decree; a statute; a prescribed requirement

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

  • noun The act of enacting, or the state of being enacted.
  • noun law A piece of legislation that has been properly authorized by a legislative body.

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

  • noun the passing of a law by a legislative body
  • noun acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
  • noun a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body


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