Definition of legislation in English:



mass noun
  • 1Laws, considered collectively.

    ‘housing legislation’
    • ‘At the same time, legislation reforming the licensing laws should also be in place.’
    • ‘The court would merely be placing itself in a better position to understand the legislation.’
    • ‘In order to examine these submissions it is necessary now to set out the relevant legislation.’
    • ‘A new group set up to review burial and cremation legislation has held its first meeting.’
    • ‘This is set out specifically in the Act in relation to the interpretation of legislation.’
    • ‘The legislation made the occupier liable and this was held to include the receiver.’
    • ‘This may be enforced by law, with a clause in the legislation to set up regulation of care providers.’
    • ‘Those are the words that are used in sections of this type in a great deal of legislation.’
    • ‘Other areas where the law and the media are in conflict include libel and privacy legislation.’
    • ‘The national legislation in the form in which it now appears adopts the same approach.’
    • ‘This had made them exempt from certain legislation that does not apply to the Crown.’
    • ‘It remains to be seen whether further delays will hamper the enactment of this legislation.’
    • ‘Local clean air laws are stronger and more comprehensive than state legislation.’
    • ‘Many of these provisions may make sense if they are placed in ordinary legislation.’
    • ‘Now she is calling for new legislation to outlaw the practice and public opinion is being sought.’
    • ‘That section did not empower him to make a radical change of any other kind to any legislation.’
    • ‘The case raises the question of the proper construction of the relevant legislation.’
    • ‘Instead he is talking of changing legislation to allow the imposition of martial law.’
    • ‘The primary legislation relevant to this claim is the same as that in Todd's case.’
    • ‘Our task is to evaluate the ensuing legislation in the light of all these matters.’
    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
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    1. 1.1 The process of making or enacting laws.
      ‘it will require legislation to change this situation’
      • ‘Cohen shows how immigration legislation has not just been about keeping people out.’
      • ‘It is legislation that is necessary to cover the actual problem we are dealing with.’
      • ‘On this legislation he is doing more than the United Future party does in a normal week.’
      • ‘It can use this claim to block further legislation, claiming it is superfluous.’
      • ‘In her new job, Cooper will be in charge of legislation leading up to the euro referendum.’
      • ‘Though the details of this policy are not yet clear it is certain to require new legislation.’
      • ‘Valerie Keating is the Home Office official in charge of the proposed legislation.’
      • ‘He is a man who should seek to gain some greater insight as to why this legislation is not working.’
      • ‘The shift of focus was from the streets to parliament, from mobilisation to legislation.’
      • ‘This is very important legislation on which we on this side of the House want to have a say.’
      • ‘This is the sort of legislation that should go to the public for a binding referendum.’
      • ‘We on this side of the House do not favour retrospective legislation in the tax area.’
      • ‘Opas is calling for legislation to require the scheme to meet the pension in full.’
      • ‘If that were to be an outcome of this legislation, it would be a sad and a bad thing.’
      • ‘We spend a lot of time on legislation that does not have that level of significance.’
      • ‘I think that at some point it would require legislation to ensure that people took their meds.’
      • ‘That is why that legislation did not do all the economic damage that it could have done.’
      • ‘That is not the sort of legislation or approach that we on this side of the House want to see.’
      • ‘That has all led to the investment in growth that this legislation will put into place.’
      • ‘This legislation is a farce, and it will cause a huge waste of time and money for the courts.’


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).