What does legislate mean?

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ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪtleg·is·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. legislate, pass(verb)

    make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation

    "They passed the amendment"; "We cannot legislate how people spend their free time"


  1. legislate(Verb)

    To pass laws (including the amending or repeal of existing laws).

    If they can't get people to do the right thing by talking then they will try to legislate it, then they can try to enforce the statutes.

    Etymology: Back formation from legislation, legislator.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Legislate(verb)

    to make or enact a law or laws

    Etymology: [See Legislator.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Legislate

    lej′is-lāt, v.i. to bring forward, propose, or make laws.—n. Legislā′tion.—adj. Leg′islative, giving or enacting laws: pertaining to legislation, or a legislature.—n. a body of persons, or a single person, with powers to enact laws.—adv. Leg′islatively.—n. Leg′islator, one who makes laws: a lawgiver:—fem. Leg′islatress.—adj. Legislatō′rial, of or pertaining to a legislature.—ns. Leg′islatorship; Leg′islature, the body of men in a state who have the power of making laws.—Legislative assembly (see Assembly); Legislative power, the power to make laws.—Class legislation, legislation affecting the interests of a particular class. [L. lex, legis, law, ferre, latum, to bear.]

Editors Contribution

  1. legislate

    To create by legislation.

    They did legislate for all human rights and freedom as a priority.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of legislate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of legislate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of legislate in a Sentence

  1. Cornell William Brooks:

    We are at a point where it is not enough to protest. We have to educate, demonstrate and ultimately move our Congress to legislate, we have to bring about change.

  2. President Obama:

    My strong preference has always been to legislate when I can get legislation done, in my first two years I wasn't relying on executive powers because I had big majorities in the Congress and we were able to get bills done, get bills passed. And even after we lost the majorities in Congress, I bent over backwards consistently to try to find compromise.

  3. Jennifer Conti:

    It's this exact reason that it's nonsensical to legislate these cases : Nobody arrives at the decision to have an abortion after 24 weeks carelessly, rather, it's the rare case of rapidly decompensating maternal heart disease or a delayed diagnosis of anencephaly, where the fetus forms without a complete brain or skull, that bring people to these decisions.

  4. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    We're going to insist on doing narrowly targeted legislation if and when we do legislate again and we may well.

  5. Malik Edwards:

    I don't think you can legislate and have those families pay, if you're going to go after individuals you'd have to come up with a theory to do it through litigation. At least on the federal level Congress doesn't have the power to go after these folks. It just doesn't fall within its Commerce Clause powers.

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