Definition of enactment in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈnaktm(ə)nt/


1 [mass noun] The process of passing legislation: the enactment of equal pay legislation
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  • Working with government is essential to successful enactment of legislation.
  • I tentatively support legislative enactment of same-sex marriage - but only when the legislature is constitutionally authorized to do this.
  • In recent years there has been demand for enactment of legislation enabling the adoption of children.
passing, making law, ratification, ratifying, validation, validating, sanction, sanctioning, approval, approving, endorsement, adoption;
decreeing, ordaining, legislating;
application, appliance, implementation
1.1 [count noun] A law that is passed: enactments covering food safety
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  • All enactments and rules of law relating to procedure in connection with indictable offences shall continue to have effect in relation to proceedings in the Crown Court.
  • Most of the law dealt with here is based on statutes or other public enactments.
  • That means that a resource consent is not an enactment or rule of law that would prohibit the exercise of a customary right.
bill, act, law, by-law, order, decree, resolution, ruling, rule, regulation, statute, edict, measure, motion, command, commandment, pronouncement, proclamation, dictate, dictum, diktat, fiat;
(enactments) legislation;
North American  ordinance
2An instance of acting something out: the story becomes an enactment of his fantasies
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  • Various rural communities in Germany, for instance, held traditional enactments in which a local inhabitant was dressed to represent a wild man, sometimes in moss and leaves.
  • By day, the priests and priestesses performed enactments for people who came to the temple.
  • The world famous enactments of Bible stories were last performed in the Minster at the turn of the Millennium - to capacity audiences.
acting, playing, performing, performance, staging, appearance;
portrayal, depiction, representation, personification
formal personation
2.1 [mass noun] Psychoanalysis The controlled expression and acceptance of repressed emotions or impulses in behaviour during therapy.
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  • Sibling influence on the learning and enactment of aggressive behavior has been consistently demonstrated in studies of sibling relationships.
  • In the final stage - behavioral enactment - the selected response is performed.
  • Members of relationships use standards as templates for evaluating whether or not each other's behavior and role enactment are appropriate and acceptable.
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