Definition of legislation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌledʒɪsˈleɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌledʒɪsˈleɪʃn//
    [uncountable] Parliament
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  1. 1a law or a set of laws passed by a parliament an important piece of legislation New legislation on the sale of drugs will be introduced next year. a call for legislation to ban smoking in public places CollocationsPoliticsPower create/​form/​be the leader of a political party gain/​take/​win/​lose/​regain control of Congress start/​spark/​lead/​be on the brink of a revolution be engaged/​locked in an internal power struggle lead/​form a rival/​breakaway faction seize/​take control of the government/​power bring down/​overthrow/​topple the government/​president/​regime abolish/​overthrow/​restore the monarchy establish/​install a military dictatorship/​a stable government be forced/​removed/​driven from office/​power resign/​step down as party leader/​an MP/​president/​prime minister enter/​retire from/​return to political lifePolitical debate spark/​provoke a heated/​hot/​intense/​lively debate engage in/​participate in/​contribute to (the) political/​public debate (on/​over something) get involved in/​feel excluded from the political process launch/​start/​lead/​spearhead a campaign/​movement join/​be linked with the peace/​anti-war/​feminist/​civil rights movement criticize/​speak out against/​challenge/​support the government lobby/​put pressure on the government (to do something) come under fire/​pressure from opposition partiesPolicy call for/​demand/​propose/​push for/​advocate democratic/​political/​land reform(s) formulate/​implement domestic economic policy change/​influence/​shape/​have an impact on government/​economic/​public policy be consistent with/​be in line with/​go against/​be opposed to government policy reform/​restructure/​modernize the tax system privatize/​improve/​deliver/​make cuts in public services invest (heavily) in/​spend something on schools/​education/​public services/(the) infrastructure nationalize the banks/​the oil industry promise/​propose/​deliver/​give ($80 billion in/​significant/​substantial/​massive) tax cuts a/​the budget is approved/ (especially North American English) passed by parliament/​congressMaking laws have a majority in/​have seats in Parliament/​Congress/​the Senate propose/​sponsor a bill/​legislation/​a resolution introduce/​bring in/​draw up/​draft/​adopt/​pass a bill/​a law/​legislation/​measures amend/​repeal an act/​a law/​legislation veto/​vote against/​oppose a bill/​legislation/​a measure/​a proposal/​a resolution get/​require/​be decided by a majority vote See related entries: Parliament
  2. 2the process of making and passing laws Legislation will be difficult and will take time. See related entries: Parliament
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (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). Wordfinderact, bill, chamber, coalition, election, law, legislation, parliament, politician, voteExtra examples Companies have until December 31 to comply with the new legislation. Congress approved legislation which outlawed the sale of the drug. Governor Bradbery signed legislation for $20 million in municipal relief. Legislation on this issue is urgently needed. Member states may not adopt legislation contrary to EU law. New legislation on adoption comes into effect at the end of the year. Religious interests may try to block this legislation. The government is pushing through legislation to ban smoking in all public places. The police think that such legislation would be unworkable. The reform will make it more difficult for MPs to block legislation. The terrorist attack prompted knee-jerk legislation. There is no requirement to register a claim under the new legislation. They are calling for tough legislation to tackle this problem. They are planning the introduction of legislation against sex discrimination. This will be a criminal offence under the new legislation. a major piece of legislation The civil rights campaign resulted in legislation against segregation. The government is trying to push through a controversial piece of legislation. There were calls for legislation to ban smoking in public places.
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