noun Date: 1644 1. the action of legislating; specifically the exercise of the power and function of making rules (as laws) that have the force of authority by virtue of their promulgation by an official organ of a state or other organization 2. the enactments of a legislator or a legislative body 3. a matter of business for or under consideration by a legislative body

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  • législation — [ leʒislasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1361, rare av. 1721; bas lat. legislatio 1 ♦ Vx Droit, pouvoir de faire les lois. « le droit de législation » (Rousseau). 2 ♦ Ensemble des normes juridiques dans un pays ou dans un domaine déterminé. ⇒ 3. droit, 1. loi. La …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • legislation — le‧gis‧la‧tion [ˌledʒˈsleɪʆn] noun [uncountable] LAW 1. a law or set of laws: • Under the new legislation, employers will be required to offer up to 12 weeks of paid sick leave per year. • He introduced legislation to increase the minimum wage …   Financial and business terms

  • legislation — leg·is·la·tion /ˌle jəs lā shən/ n 1: the making or giving of laws; specif: the exercise of the power and function of making rules that have the force of authority by virtue of their promulgation by an official organ of the state 2: the… …   Law dictionary

  • Legislation — (or statutory law ) is law which has been promulgated (or enacted ) by a legislature or other governing body. The term may refer to a single law, or the collective body of enacted law, while statute is also used to refer to a single law. Before… …   Wikipedia

  • Legislation — Leg is*la tion ( l[=a] sh[u^]n), n. [Cf. F. l[ e]gislation, L. legis latio. See {Legislator}.] The act of legislating; preparation and enactment of laws; the laws enacted. [1913 Webster] Pythagoras joined legislation to his philosophy. Lyttelton …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • legislation — 1650s, from Fr. législation, from L.L. legislationem (nom. legislatio), properly two words, legis latio, proposing (lit. bearing ) of a law; see LEGISLATOR (Cf. legislator) …   Etymology dictionary

  • legislation — legislation, legislature Both words date from the 17c. Legislation is the process of making laws, and the legislature is the body (or group of bodies) that makes them …   Modern English usage

  • Legislation — (lat.), Gesetzgebung; legislatīv, gesetzgebend; Legislative, Gesetzgebende Versammlung, Gesetzgebende Gewalt; Legislātor, Gesetzgeber; legislatōrisch, gesetzgeberisch, zur Gesetzgebung gehörig; Legislatūr, Gesetzgebung, auch Gesetzgebende… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Legislation — Legislation, Legislatur, lat. dtsch., Gesetzgebung; Legislator, Gesetzgeber …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • legislation — [n] law of a government act, bill, charter, codification, constitution, enactment, lawmaking, measure, prescription, regulation, ruling, statute; concept 318 …   New thesaurus

  • legislation — ► NOUN ▪ laws collectively. ORIGIN Latin, proposing of a law , from lex law …   English terms dictionary

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