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To establish by law; to perform or effect; to decree.

Enact, sometimes used synonymously with adopt, is generally applied to legislative rather than executive action.


verb adopt a measure, appoint by act, codify, command, declare, decree, dictate, enjoin, establish, essablish by law, give legislative sanction, institute by law, issue a command, legislate, make into a statute, make laws, ordain by law, order, pass, perferre, prescribe, put in force, put into effect
Associated concepts: enacting clause
Foreign phrases: Non obligat lex nisi promulgata.A law is not obligatory unless it is promulgated. Ejus est interpreeari cujus est condere. It is for him who enacts anything to give it interpretation.
See also: accomplish, adhere to, approve, command, compel, conduct, constitute, direct, effectuate, enforce, establish, execute, govern, impersonate, implement, impose, instruct, legislate, make, pass, perform, pursue, recite, require, rule

TO ENACT. To establish by law; to perform or effect; to decree. The usual formula in making laws is, Be it enacted.

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It is worth mentioning that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a press conference on Tuesday that Parliament has no right to initiate laws, it only enact them when proposed by the Council of Ministers or the Presidency.
When enacting roles meaningful to the identity, this standard (hereafter referred to as "identity standard" in accordance with Burke's term) becomes the identity holder's basis from which decisions about how to enact a role are made, given the environment.
One state must still enact an accord on combating money laundering by tracing, freezing, seizing, and confiscating criminals' funds.
While most states agree with the rationale behind substantial equivalency, fewer than 15 have been able to enact the provision.
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In April 1998, Tennessee became the first state to enact the UAA's major provisions.
At the end of 1933, President Hoover complained that "the increases in revenues enacted at the last session had not had the results hoped for," so he asked Congress to enact a national sales tax.
If I could wave a wand, that is the reform I would now enact.
While most Americans eagerly await the Clinton Administration's solution to the health care crisis, Congress has not slowed in its efforts to enact health care legislation.
Under that proposed bill, a ban on heavy metals in packaging would become effective when one or more Northeastern states having a combined population of 10 million enact similar legislation.