Royal assent

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Royal assent in England, the assent of the sovereign to a bill which has passed both houses of Parliament, after which it becomes law.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Royal Assent in England, the sovereign's formal acquiescence in a measure which has passed the two Houses of Parliament
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. asenter, assent—L. assentāre, assentīre, L. ad, to, sentīre, to think.

Usage

In literature:

Royal assent was given to the Bill in 1895.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
The Royal Assent was given on Feb. 6, 1918.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Two years later, before the act had received the royal assent, it had been repealed by the Assembly.
"Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
To this bill Metcalfe did not assent, but 'reserved' it, as was his undoubted right, for the royal sanction.
"The Winning of Popular Government" by Archibald Macmechan
Capreol, nothing daunted, sailed for England, and in seven weeks was back with royal assent assured.
"The Railway Builders" by Oscar D. Skelton
And when both houses have done with the bill, it always is deposited in the house of peers, to wait the royal assent.
"Commentaries on the Laws of England" by William Blackstone
The king assented to that much limitation of the royal power.
"Concerning Justice" by Lucilius A. Emery
On the 25th of March 1807, the Royal assent was given to the Bill for the Abolition of the Slave Trade.
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Volume IV (of 8)" by William Wordsworth
ASSENT', THE ROYAL, is the approbation given by the sovereign in Parliament to a Bill which has passed both Houses, after which it becomes a law.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
Ultimately, the Bill received the Royal assent.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
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In news:

In Britain Parliament approved the treaty just in time for the EU summit that began late on June 19th (the queen gave royal assent that morning).
In Sunday's Guardian Unlimited and other UK papers, the talk was about the new Work and Families Act, which gained support from the Royal Assent recently.
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