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a. an enactment made by a legislature and expressed in a formal document.
b. the document in which such an enactment is expressed.
2. Internat. Law.an instrument annexed or subsidiary to an international agreement, as a treaty.
3. a permanent rule established by an organization, corporation, etc., to govern its internal affairs.
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