AskDefine | Define enactment

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1 the passing of a law by a legislative body [syn: passage]
2 a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body [syn: act]
3 acting the part of a character on stage; dramaticially representing the character by speech and action and gesture [syn: portrayal, characterization, personation]

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  1. The act of enacting, or the state of being enacted.
    The actors' powerful enactment of the play was breathtaking.
    The enactment of this law will be a great step backward for our country.
  2. A piece of legislation that has been properly authorized by a legislative body.
    The enactments passed by the council that year included sweeping reforms.

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Coming into force (also called enforcement or enactment) refers to the date and process by which legislation, or part of legislation, comes to have legal force and effect.
It is important to note that the process whereby a Bill becomes an Act is an entirely different process from that of bringing the Act into force. A Bill, even though passed by law makers, which does not amount to an Act cannot be of any force and effect.
Of course it may be that a country's law determines that on being passed by the law makers, a Bill becomes an Act without further ado. However, more usually, the process whereby a Bill becomes an Act is well prescribed in general constitutional or administrative legislation. This process varies from country to country, and from political system to political system.
Typically, the process by which a Bill becomes an Act would include that the Bill be signed by the head of state, and that it be published in the Official Gazette, so that people know the law exists and generally releases it in the public domain.
enactment in Spanish: entrada en vigor
enactment in Malay (macrolanguage): berkuatkuasa

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