prescribe laws

See: legislate
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I cannot help suspending my narration to reflect a little on the ridiculous speculations of those swelling philosophers, whose arrogance would prescribe laws to nature, and subject those astonishing effects, which we behold daily, to their idle reasonings and chimerical rules.
For example, under the protective principle, the United States can prescribe laws to reach direct and significant threats to national security here or abroad.
That would impose a massive burden on international businesses, and would likely exceed the limits of Congress' jurisdiction to prescribe laws affecting the interests of other nations." It is supporting European pharmaceutical companies Hoffmann-La Roche, BASF, Rhone-Poulenc and some subsidiaries in fighting the launch of a vitamin price fixing suit in US courts by Ecuador's Empagran.