From Middle English enacten, from en-, from Old French en- (“to cause to be”), from Latinin- (“in”) and Old French acte (“perform, do”), from Latinactum, past participle of ago (“set in motion”)
Enact Sentence Examples
Maine was the first state in the Union to enact a law for prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors.
Until 1902 the legislature was the sole law-making body in the state, but on the 2nd of June of this year the voters adopted a constitutional amendment which declared that "the people reserve to themselves power to propose laws and amendments to the constitution, and to enact or reject the same at the polls, independent of the legislative assembly, and also reserve power at their own option to approve or reject at the polls any act of the legislative assembly."
The purpose was to enact a law, renewable each year.
An amendment giving women the right to vote was defeated, and among those adopted was one providing for the initiative upon special and local laws and parts of laws, and another giving cities and towns the exclusive right to enact or amend their own charters, subject only to the constitution and the criminal laws.
Apparently diocesan synods may still enact valid canons without the king's authority; but these bodies are not now called.