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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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The three reference frameworks discussed but also the specific process architectures examined (Anzbock & Dustda, 2004; Danial & Ward, 2006; Maanmar, 2006) have a common denominator in their architecture: an enactable business process model.
70) He describes Chevron as a way for courts to reach outcomes most likely to accord with the enacting legislature's wishes because use of the doctrine favors interpretations consistent with current enactable political preferences:
But a rule that tracked current enactable preferences would maximize the enacting government's preference satisfaction during its time in office over all existing statutes, including those enacted by previous legislatures.
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A process programming language (PPL) is a formal enactable metamodel of the software process.
In short, Elhauge argues that where public preferences are actually enactable by law, courts should resolve statutory ambiguities against enactable preferences in order to elicit a legislative response.
But "when enactable preferences are unclear, often the best choice is instead a preference-eliciting default rule that is more likely to provoke a legislative reaction that resolves the statutory indeterminacy.
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