AskDefine | Define enforcement

Dictionary Definition

enforcement n : the act of enforcing; insuring observance of or obedience to

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Etymology

Noun

  1. The act of enforcing; compulsion.
  2. A giving force to; a putting in execution.
  3. That which enforces, constraints, gives force, authority, or effect to; constraint; force applied.

Translations

act of enforcing; compulsion
giving force to; a putting in execution
that which enforces, constraints, gives force, authority, or effect to; constraint; force applied

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Extensive Definition

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.
Generally:
enforcement in Spanish: entrada en vigor
enforcement in Malay (macrolanguage): berkuatkuasa

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