- 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.
Variant of patriate
transitive verb patriated, patriating
Cdn. to return or turn over full legislative powers, as of amendment, to (a constitution) that were formerly held by the government of another country: a term used in Canada to describe the action of taking over the power to amend the constitution from the British parliament in 1982
Origin: back-formation ; from repatriate
- patriation noun