When the Roman senate wanted a law to be passed, they asked the
people to give their votes in its favour. The Latin for this is
rogare legem (to solicit or propose a
law). If they wanted a law repealed, they asked the people to vote
against it; this was abrogare legem (to
solicit against the law).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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