Definition of enactment in English:



  • 1mass noun The process of passing legislation.

    ‘the enactment of equal pay legislation’
    • ‘Nor was there much support for the enactment of game laws from western settlers.’
    • ‘In recent years there has been demand for enactment of legislation enabling the adoption of children.’
    • ‘The Annexe provides rules for the enactments of laws.’
    • ‘The former existed before the enactment of the 1998 Act and they continue to exist.’
    • ‘The enactment of the law is going to greatly aggravate the already strained cross-strait relations and seriously escalate the danger of the outbreak of war.’
    • ‘The enactment of these laws removed the possibility of education for youth within the state.’
    • ‘I tentatively support legislative enactment of same-sex marriage - but only when the legislature is constitutionally authorized to do this.’
    • ‘The enactment of the new Regulation is believed to allow better protection and respect for patients' rights.’
    • ‘Enactment of the bill will complete the delivery of those critical actions.’
    • ‘The commission shall expire five years after the date of enactment of this act.’
    • ‘The enactment of the law brought immediate results.’
    • ‘They can be made at any time from the enactment of the bill.’
    • ‘The enactment of this rule has had extraordinary outcomes.’
    • ‘Your help was instrumental in the bill's successful enactment and I owe you a debt of gratitude.’
    • ‘Policy must be implemented by legislative enactment, rather than public education alone.’
    • ‘Cases decided before the enactment of this provision may be regarded as out of date.’
    • ‘Is there any parliamentary materials relating to the enactment of section 76?’
    • ‘Moreover, the actual disestablishment occurred before the enactment of the legislation.’
    • ‘Their enactment was delayed by a presidential veto, which was overridden by the National Assembly.’
    • ‘Working with government is essential to successful enactment of legislation.’
    passing, making law, ratification, ratifying, validation, validating, sanction, sanctioning, approval, approving, endorsement, adoption
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    1. 1.1count noun A law that is passed.
      ‘enactments covering food safety’
      • ‘Most of the law dealt with here is based on statutes or other public enactments.’
      • ‘The police authorities of New York appear now to be thoroughly in earnest in carrying out the municipal enactments forbidding expectoration in public places.’
      • ‘In Britain, however, a large body of case law evolved from the enforcement of statutory enactments.’
      • ‘So in the United Kingdom that has been the position by reason of statutory enactment for some time.’
      • ‘Now, your Honours, no doubt there would have to be some enactment by Parliament.’
      • ‘When the defendant took her tenancy it was 1985 and the relevant enactment was the Rent Act 1977.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Considering the constitutional validity of congressional enactments is a central function of the federal judiciary.’
      • ‘That means that a resource consent is not an enactment or rule of law that would prohibit the exercise of a customary right.’
      • ‘I have set out the relevant enactments above.’
      • ‘It has not been argued that there is any enactment which expressly limits or restricts the Crown Court's powers to make such an order.’
      • ‘Perhaps the only formal whaling code authorized by legislative enactment was that of Holland.’
      • ‘They cannot stand against a valid federal statutory enactment.’
      • ‘Can I start by going to the relevant previous enactment, your Honours.’
      • ‘International law and human rights enactments set a threshold standard of respect towards the rights of individuals, minority groups, and nations.’
      • ‘The wording of the statutory duty, like much of the relevant enactments and regulations relating to complaints and discipline, is not exactly helpful.’
      • ‘California only conforms by statutory enactment, it does not conform automatically.’
      • ‘It is right, as he submitted, that such passages are not to be treated as if they were statutory enactments.’
      bill, act, law, by-law, order, decree, resolution, ruling, rule, regulation, statute, edict, measure, motion, command, commandment, pronouncement, proclamation, dictate, dictum, diktat, fiat
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  • 2An instance of acting something out.

    ‘the story becomes an enactment of his fantasies’
    • ‘Or, by switching voices, he himself can reply to his own statement and then respond to the reply, thereby shifting from monologue to the enactment of dialogue.’
    • ‘The ritual enactments of faith are the time-honoured ways in which people show their commitment to their tradition.’
    • ‘Increasingly, ritual performers took greater self-guided responsibility over the enactment of the Dreamings that they owned.’
    • ‘The humour in the enactment of this black comedy, is that this brigade is seeking to freeze ideas in an era of globalisation.’
    • ‘But it was only the enactment of a war scene at the Parade Grounds on Saturday.’
    • ‘How much the Hopi value turquoise becomes apparent toward the close of a ritual enactment known as the Clown Ceremony.’
    • ‘Though the theatrical gesticulations seemed slightly complicated to the uninitiated, the enactment was explicit.’
    • ‘During the enactment, they will bridge some of the rural - urban divide as well, by bringing a folk tale to an urban audience.’
    • ‘The world famous enactments of Bible stories were last performed in the Minster at the turn of the Millennium - to capacity audiences.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Charles' investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969 may have seemed like the enactment of some ancient ceremony, but it was contrived for the occasion.’
    • ‘The fun involves the enactment of the classic ‘combat drama’ which forms the basis of the Mumming ritual.’
    • ‘Buildings are not only artefacts of expressive culture, but important sites for the continuous enactment of culture in everyday life.’
    • ‘The mirroring of sexuality that is often performed outside the setting of pornography as the enactment of the truly masculine persona is mirrored again.’
    • ‘Prior to the enactment of these scenes, a volunteer involved in the campaign asked: ‘Do you think home is the safest place for a woman?’’
    • ‘The actual performance, that is the enactment of a dreaming in dance by the painted women accompanied by singing, often lasts five minutes or less.’
    • ‘By day, the priests and priestesses performed enactments for people who came to the temple.’
    acting, playing, performing, performance, staging, appearance
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    1. 2.1Psychoanalysis mass noun The controlled expression and acceptance of repressed emotions or impulses in behaviour during therapy.
      • ‘Sibling influence on the learning and enactment of aggressive behavior has been consistently demonstrated in studies of sibling relationships.’
      • ‘In addition, the therapist should review enactment roles, inviting the couple to remember their individual roles in the process used to reach the goals.’
      • ‘The event marker, used in this study to signal the presence of a softening attempt, was therapist initiation of the softening enactment.’
      • ‘Consequently, he determines to begin enacting their relationship using stage one, shielded enactments.’
      • ‘It is important to remember that, in their entirety, the skills discussed below represent a highly structured enactment.’
      • ‘In the final stage - behavioral enactment - the selected response is performed.’
      • ‘Instructions for physical enactment increase behavioral compliance, but do not affect overall hypnotic responsiveness.’
      • ‘Psychodrama is play-acting events during therapy and may include elements of enactment, role play, or make believe.’
      • ‘In addition to features of shielded enactments already noted, certain other process elements deserve mention.’
      • ‘We noted with interest that four of the nine nominated sessions were eliminated from the study because they did not include a therapist directive initiating the softening enactment.’
      • ‘In shielded enactments, 100 % of the interaction is passed through the therapist.’
      • ‘Raters observed a total of 18 different interventions judged to facilitate productive enactments.’
      • ‘Experienced therapists use as many as 2 dozen distinctly different interventions to initiate and facilitate enactments.’
      • ‘Members of relationships use standards as templates for evaluating whether or not each other's behavior and role enactment are appropriate and acceptable.’
      • ‘Another common intervention for softening the often intense emotions present in an enactment is to reframe what one partner said in a way that is conducive to having it heard.’