Patriation is the turning over or return of legislative powers that were formerly held by another country.
When Canada took over the power to amend the Constitution from the British Parliament, this was an example of patriation.
- (Canada) The transfer of a governmental power from a former mother country to a newly independent one.
- The patriation of Canada's constitution from the United Kingdom took place in 1982.
Canadian English. Back-formation from repatriation.