Definition of Enact

1. Verb. Order by virtue of superior authority; decree. "The legislature enacted this law in 1985"

Exact synonyms: Ordain
Generic synonyms: Decree
Specialized synonyms: Reenact, Legislate, Pass
Derivative terms: Enactment

2. Verb. Act out; represent or perform as if in a play. "She reenacted what had happened earlier that day"
Exact synonyms: Act Out, Reenact
Generic synonyms: Act, Play, Represent
Derivative terms: Enactment

Definition of Enact

1. v. t. To decree; to establish by legal and authoritative act; to make into a law; especially, to perform the legislative act with reference to (a bill) which gives it the validity of law.

2. n. Purpose; determination.

Definition of Enact

1. Verb. (transitive legal) to make (a bill) into law ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to act the part of; to play ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to do; to effect ¹

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Definition of Enact

1. to make into a law [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Enact

en route
en space
en spaces
en suite
en thyrse
enabling act
enabling clause
enabling legislation
enact (current term)

Literary usage of Enact

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"... ingenious devices, the lawmaking power found It necessary to enact CS § 3383, referring to above section 3378, as follows: "3383. Indictment and Proof. ..."

2. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic by Francis N. Thorpe, United States (1909)
"The General Assembly shall enact laws preventing all trusts, combinations and monopolies, inimical to the public welfare. SEC. 167. ..."

3. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"... whence, in an evil day, he was yet to return to enact the part of Antichrist, and vex still further the church of God ; * so, on the other hand, ..."

4. History of the United Netherlands, from the Death of William the Silent to by John Lothrop Motley (1900)
"... operations of Prince Maurice—Negotiation between London and Brussels— Henry's determination to enact the Council of Trent—His projected marriage—Queen ..."

5. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"These trends are encouraging, but a need remains for all states to enact tobacco-control legislation, including the prohibition of tobacco advertising. ..."

6. Modern Egypt by Evelyn Baring Cromer (1908)
"... British position—Impossibility of arriving at any general solution—Minor changes—The right to enact by-laws— The House Tax—The Professional Tax—Proposal ..."

7. Annual Report by New York and Erie Railroad Company (1849)
"The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows : Sec. 1. It shall be the duty of the Governor of this State to ..."

8. The Writings of George Washington: Being His Correspondence, Addresses by George Washington, Jared Sparks (1836)
"The way to preserve in men's minds a value for them, is to enact laws against them. My present views are to spend my days in privacy. ..."

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