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What does it mean to enact laws?


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• ENACT (verb) The verb ENACT has 2 senses: 1. order by virtue of superior authority; decree 2. act out; represent or perform as if in a play

• LAW (noun) The noun LAW has 7 senses: 1. legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity 2. the collection of rules imposed by authority 3. a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature 4. a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society 5. the learned profession that is mastered by graduate study in a law school and that is responsible for the judicial system 6. the force of policemen and officers 7. the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do.

So, when a legislative body enacts a law, it declares or decrees that a rule is now in force.