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legislative

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adjective leg·is·la·tive \ˈle-jəs-ˌlā-tiv, -lə-\

Simple Definition of legislative

  • : having the power to make laws

  • : relating to the making of laws

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of legislative

  1. 1 a :  having the power or performing the function of legislating b :  belonging to the branch of government that is charged with such powers as making laws, levying and collecting taxes, and making financial appropriations — compare executive, judicial

  2. 2 a :  of or relating to a legislature <legislative committees> b :  composed of members of a legislature <legislative caucus> c :  created by a legislature especially as distinguished from an executive or judicial body d :  designed to assist a legislature or its members <a legislative research agency>

  3. 3 :  of, concerned with, or created by legislation <legislative courts>

legislatively

adverb

Examples of legislative in a sentence

  1. the legislative branch of the government

  2. She is interested in the legislative process.



1640

First Known Use of legislative

1640


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legislative

noun leg·is·la·tive

Definition of legislative

  1. :  the body or department exercising the power and function of legislating :  legislature




LEGISLATIVE Defined for Kids

legislative

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adjective leg·is·la·tive \ˈle-jə-ˌslā-tiv\

Definition of legislative for Students

  1. 1 :  having the power or authority to make laws <the legislative branch of government>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the action or process by which laws are made <legislative history>




Law Dictionary

legislative

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adjective leg·is·la·tive \ˈle-jəs-ˌlā-tiv\

Legal Definition of legislative

  1. 1a :  having the power or performing the function of legislating b :  belonging to the branch of government that is charged with such powers as making laws, levying and collecting taxes, and making financial appropriations — compare administrative 2, executive, judicial

  2. 2a :  of or relating to a legislature <legislative committees> b :  composed of members of a legislature <legislative caucus> c :  created or effectuated by a legislature especially as distinguished from an executive or judicial body d :  designed to assist a legislature or its members <a legislative research agency>

  3. 3 :  of, concerned with, or created by legislation

legislatively

adverb




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