- 1Make or enact laws: he didn’t want to name anyone to the Court who would legislate from the benchMore example sentences
make laws, pass laws, enact laws, formulate laws; authorize, decree, order, sanction
- More and more, courts in both the United States and Europe are legislating from the bench.
- That is what we mean when we say the States cannot legislate about these matters in federal jurisdiction.
- There is no doubt that the Parliament could so legislate, constitutional protections aside.
- 1.1 [with object] Cover, affect, or create by making or enacting laws: Congress must legislate strong new lawsMore example sentences
- Although the position is not legislated at the moment, it has been appointed by the Chief of the Defence Force.
- Since circumstances constantly change, laws cannot be legislated to cover every possible case.
- It would be obviously improper for the Justices to legislate specific rules about what is private versus what is public.
early 18th century: back-formation from legislation.