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legislation

noun [U]     /ˌledʒɪˈsleɪʃən/ LAW
rules or laws relating to a particular activity that are made by a government : 75% of Americans support legislation that includes improved fuel-economy rules . The Data Protection Act is a piece of legislation aimed at protecting the privacy of the individual .push for/introduce/pass legislation Legislation was passed in the House earlier this month to double the National Science Foundation grants .proposed/new/tougher legislation Under the proposed legislation, businesses will have to provide detailed evidence of how they pay themselves.legislation to do sth Environmentalists are fighting for legislation to clean up the city-owned ports .
the process of making rules or laws : The purpose of think tanks is to have an impact on policy and legislation. → See also delegated legislation
(Definition of legislation noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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