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leg·is·late / ˈlejəˌslāt/ • v. [intr.] make or enact laws: he didn't want to name anyone to the Court who would legislate from the bench. ∎  [tr.] cover, affect, or create by making or enacting laws: Congress must legislate strong new laws.


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To enact laws or pass resolutions by the lawmaking process, in contrast to law that is derived from principles espoused by courts in decisions.