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"Legislation" is a noun which is often translated as "la legislación", and "regulation" is a noun which is often translated as "la regulación". Learn more about the difference between "legislation" and "regulation" below.
legislation
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (law)
a. la legislación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The town legislature passed new legislation to protect the rights of minorities.La legislatura de la ciudad aprobó una nueva legislación para proteger los derechos de las minorías.
b. la ley
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The existing legislation exempts small manufacturers from paying this tax.La ley vigente exime a los pequeños fabricantes del pago de este impuesto.
2. (process of law-making)
a. la legislación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Protecting the environment cannot be achieved through legislation alone.La protección del medio ambiente no se puede lograr solo a través de la legislación.
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regulation
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (control)
a. la regulación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Some people advocate for the legalization and regulation of cannabis.Algunas personas abogan por la legalización y la regulación del cannabis.
2. (rule)
a. la norma
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The company has a regulation that prohibits spouses from working the same shifts.La compañía tiene una norma que prohíbe que los cónyuges trabajen en los mismos turnos.
b. la regla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There is no regulation against using your discount to buy things for friends, but it's frowned upon.No hay ninguna regla contra usar tu descuento para comprar cosas para amigos, pero está mal visto.
c. el reglamento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A new regulation would make the requirements for citizenship more stringent.Un nuevo reglamento incrementaría la exigencia de los requisitos para la ciudadanía.
3. (maintenance of operation)
a. la regulación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
That engine is in need of regulation and tuning.A ese motor le falta regulación y ajuste.
b. el reglaje
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Valve regulation is achieved by means of a control attached to the valve.El reglaje de la válvula se logra mediante un control adosado a la válvula.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (approved)
a. reglamentario
The girls received demerits for wearing skirts to school that were not of regulation length.Las chicas recibieron una falta por llevar una falda a la escuela que no era de largo reglamentario.
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