Definition of legislation in English:

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Pronunciation: /lɛdʒɪsˈleɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1Laws, considered collectively: housing legislation
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  • Those are the words that are used in sections of this type in a great deal of legislation.
  • This had made them exempt from certain legislation that does not apply to the Crown.
  • Many of these provisions may make sense if they are placed in ordinary legislation.
law-making, law enactment, law formulation, codification, prescription, ratification
law, body of laws, constitution, rules, rulings, regulations, acts, bills, statutes, enactments, charters, ordinances, measures, canon, code;
1.1The process of making or enacting laws: it will require legislation to change this situation
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  • In her new job, Cooper will be in charge of legislation leading up to the euro referendum.
  • Cohen shows how immigration legislation has not just been about keeping people out.
  • Valerie Keating is the Home Office official in charge of the proposed legislation.


Mid 17th century (denoting the enactment of laws): from late Latin legis latio(n-), literally 'proposing of a law', from lex 'law' and latus 'raised' (past participle of tollere).

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