I'm writing an essay about racial discrimination, and I came across this:

"Laws have been ___ on racial discrimination..."

What verb should I use here? Set? Made? Also, I don't mean enforcing the law. I mean setting it.

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    See promulgate definition 2b
    – ab2
    Commented Aug 11, 2018 at 3:58

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When something is legislated it's usually made into an "act"/"statute". Even if it isn't, "enact" is a fitting word I think.

vb (tr)
1. to make into an act or statute
2. (Law) to establish by law; ordain or decree
Collins English Dictionary

make (a bill or other proposal) law.
"legislation was enacted to attract international companies"
Oxford Living Dictionaries

Using your example sentence:

"Laws have been enacted on racial discrimination..."

  • Sorry but I mean the creation of the law, not the enaction. Thanks still! Commented Aug 11, 2018 at 4:20
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    @OmegaKrypton I'm not understanding what you mean. If you're talking about statute law (not common law), a law is created only when enacted. The proposal is usually drafted as a bill and created as law when enacted. I added a definition from Oxford Living Dictionaries. Edit: Sorry, I see that you've chosen promulgate already.
    – Zebrafish
    Commented Aug 11, 2018 at 4:29
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    +1 I think this is the right choice in general. Although promulgate may be what was desired specifically, it's not a word most people would use or even know; enact is more commonly understood. Not to mention it's the word that lawmakers actually use. (Also, promulgate doesn't mean to create, it only means to announce . . .) Commented Aug 11, 2018 at 4:49

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