Definition of legalization in US English:

legalization

(British legalisation)

noun

  • The action of making something that was previously illegal permissible by law.

    ‘calls for the legalization of cannabis’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, younger Americans are more inclined to favor legalization.’
    • ‘He has explicitly stated he wants expanded guest-worker programs, not legalization.’
    • ‘The reforms stop short of full legalisation or decriminalisation.’
    • ‘Our studies have shown movement towards legalization would actually reduce demand for undocumented illegal workers.’
    • ‘Legalisation would bring in huge tax revenues for the state.’
    • ‘The turning point came in 1973 with the legalisation of abortion by the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘Legalisation did not increase the demand for the drug in Holland.’
    • ‘I believe in the legalization of marijuana from an economic standpoint.’
    • ‘State and territory governments had adopted a relatively liberal approach to the legalisation of internet gambling.’
    • ‘There is no evidence that the legalisation of prostitution leads to an increase in demand.’

Pronunciation

legalization

/ˌlēɡələˈzāSHən/