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: the making of rules
: the quasi-legislative formulation of rules (as regulations) by an administrative agency that must be carried out in line with procedure prescribed by statute (as the Administrative Procedure Act) [issued a notice of proposed ] see also formal rulemaking, informal rulemaking
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.