What Does "Enactment" Mean? in Proposed Law & Regulations; Legal Decisions Posted February 19 · Report reply 1 hour ago, Retreadfed said: In regard to your references to newspaper usage of the word "enact," newspapers are notorious about not understanding legal concepts. So are people who are not attorneys. Further, the Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, established an interpretative approach based on "standard dictionary definitions and other pertinent regulations"--expressly excluding other expert sources' definitions. (Rumsfeld v. United Technologies Corp, Jan. 2003.) You can certainly argue that a Legal Dictionary definition is a "standard dictionary definition," if you'd like. But I'm not sure that Judge Dyk would agree. He favored Webster's Third New International Dictionary.