leg·is·la·tion /ˌle-jəs-'lā-shən/ n
1: the making or giving of laws; specif: the exercise of the power and function of making rules that have the force of authority by virtue of their promulgation by an official organ of the state
2: the enactments of a legislator or legislative body
3: a matter of business for or under consideration by a legislative body
recently proposed legislation

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (enactments) noun acts, bills, body of laws enacted, canon, canons, codes, dictates, laws, measures, ordinances, prescripts, provisions of a law, regulations, rulings, statutes II (lawmaking) noun codification of laws, enacting laws, formulating rules for the future, legislative process, preparation of laws foreign phrases:
- Leges figendi et reflgendl consuetudo est periculosissima. — The practice of making and remaking the laws is a most dangerous one
- Jura eodem modo destituuntur quo constituuntur. — Laws are abrogated by the same means by which they are enacted.
- Legislatorum est viva vox, rebus et non verbis, legem imponere. — The voice of the legislators is the living voice, to impose laws upon things, and not on words.
- Neque leges neque senatus consulta ita scribi possunt ut Omnis casus qui quandoque in sedirlunt comprehendatur; sed sufficit ea quae plaerumque accldunt contineri. — Neither laws nor acts of a legislature can be so written as to include all actual or possible cases, it is sufficient if they provide for those things which frequently or ordinarily may happen.
III index act (enactment), amendment (legislation), bill (proposed act), canon, code, codification, edict, enactment, measure, ordinance, regulation (rule), rubric (authoritative rule), rule (legal dictate), statute

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

The act of making laws; laws created by a legislature.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

the rules of the lawgiver, in the UK principally effected by Acts of Parliament (See Act of Parliament), delegated legislation and subordinate legislation. The Queen in Council (i.e. with members of the Privy Council), by Order in Council, legislates in a restricted sphere. In Canada federal legislation is by the Queen, represented by the Governor-General, the Senate and the House of Commons. In Australia, Commonwealth legislation is by the Queen through the Governor-General, the Senate and House of Representatives. Legislation can be used in the sense of laws made by an inferior lawgiver such as a club, society or trade union. The law governing members of an incorporated body is usually seen as contractual, but sometimes the memorandum and articles of a limited company can be seen as a form of legislation for the members.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

1 A bill being considered by a legislature that will become law if enacted.
2 The entire body of such bills under consideration or already enacted as law by a legislature.
3 The process of enacting bills into law.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Lawmaking; the preparation and enactment of laws by a legislative body.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Lawmaking; the preparation and enactment of laws by a legislative body.
II The act of giving or enacting laws; the power to make laws via legislation in contrast to court-made laws.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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