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1 order by virtue of superior authority; decree; "The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews"; "the legislature enacted this law in 1985" [syn: ordain]
2 act out; represent or perform as if in a play; "She reenacted what had happened earlier that day" [syn: reenact, act out]

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From etyl enm enacten, from en- from etyl fro en-, from etyl la in- and etyl fro acte, from etyl la actum, past participle of ago#Latin


  1. transitive law to make (a bill) into law
  2. to act the part of; to play
  3. transitive obsolete to do; to effect

Related terms


to make (a bill) into law
to act the part of; to play
to do; to affect

Extensive Definition

Promulgation or enactment is the act of formally proclaiming or declaring new statutory or administrative law when it receives final approval.


After it is approved, the new law is officially announced to the public. Normally, it is accomplished by publishing the text of the law in a government periodical. Most governments around the world have also adopted the practice of publishing laws on their official web sites. Additionally, the national laws of extraordinary importance to the public may be verbally announced by the head of state on national television or radio. Local laws are usually announced in the local newspapers and published in bulletins or compendia of municipal regulations.
It has been said that promulgation is the essence of law.

Power to enact laws

The power to enact laws lies with authority having appropriate jurisdiction.


enact in German: Promulgation
enact in French: Promulgation
enact in Russian: Промульгация
enact in Swedish: Promulgation

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