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Since I am not a native English speaker I am not sure what word should I use for adoption of a law. The closest to my language is "adoption", but "promulgate", "enact" or some other word may be more appropriate.

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  • It rather depends what you mean by "adoption" of a law. Adopt is used in some circumstances; and so is promulgate and promulge and enact and bring into force.
    – Andrew Leach
    Apr 22 '13 at 8:55
  • I mean, when some Draft-Law is accepted by the majority of votes by the representatives in Assembly and after that it is proclaimed in the Official Gazette and is “into force”.
    – james dean
    Apr 22 '13 at 9:04
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Different legislatures have different procedures, but when some Draft-Law is accepted by the majority of votes by the representatives in Assembly and after that it is proclaimed in the Official Gazette and is “into force” sounds rather like enacting.

In the UK, a law is passed by both Houses when it’s passed in Parliament but is only enacted when the Queen formally gives her assent to it. Even then it may have a later start date, which is when it is brought into force.

The UK adopts foreign legislation, for example when an EU directive is incorporated into UK law.

In the Church of England, canon law is promulged (not promulgated) when it’s passed by the General Synod. Again, it may come into force or be brought into force at a later date.

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