AskDefine | Define promulgation

Dictionary Definition



1 a public statement about something that is happening or going to happen; "the announcement appeared in the local newspaper"; "the promulgation was written in English" [syn: announcement]
2 the official announcement of a new law or ordinance whereby the law or ordinance is put into effect
3 the formal act of proclaiming; giving public notice; "his promulgation of the policy proved to be premature" [syn: proclamation]

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  1. the act of promulgating or announcing something, especially a proclamation announcing a new law.

Extensive Definition

Promulgation or enactment is the act of formally proclaiming or declaring new statutory or administrative law when it receives final approval.


After it is approved, the new law is officially announced to the public. Normally, it is accomplished by publishing the text of the law in a government periodical. Most governments around the world have also adopted the practice of publishing laws on their official web sites. Additionally, the national laws of extraordinary importance to the public may be verbally announced by the head of state on national television or radio. Local laws are usually announced in the local newspapers and published in bulletins or compendia of municipal regulations.
It has been said that promulgation is the essence of law.

Power to enact laws

The power to enact laws lies with authority having appropriate jurisdiction.


promulgation in German: Promulgation
promulgation in French: Promulgation
promulgation in Russian: Промульгация
promulgation in Swedish: Promulgation
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