Definition of enabling act in English:

enabling act


  • A statute empowering a person or body to take certain action, especially to make regulations, rules, or orders.

    • ‘The original enabling act required leases to conduct commerce but none of these early entrepreneurs possessed such leases.’
    • ‘So, why not just bring in an enabling act and give him the powers of a dictator?’
    • ‘Anti-wolf groups drew attention to Yellowstone's enabling act, highlighting the preserve as a public recreation area rather than a refuge for ‘dangerous’ beasts.’
    • ‘For example, hunting is prohibited throughout the park system unless provided for by a park area's enabling act or by subsequent legislation.’


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