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legislature

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noun leg·is·la·ture \ˈle-jəs-ˌlā-chər also ˌle-jəs-ˈ, British often ˈle-jəs-lə-\

Simple Definition of legislature

  • : a group of people with the power to make or change laws

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of legislature

  1. :  a body of persons having the power to legislate; specifically :  an organized body having the authority to make laws for a political unit

Examples of legislature in a sentence

  1. Our legislature passed a law requiring people to wear safety belts.

  2. Each state has its own legislature.



1654

First Known Use of legislature

1654


LEGISLATURE Defined for Kids

legislature

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noun leg·is·la·ture \ˈle-jə-ˌslā-chər\

Definition of legislature for Students

  1. :  a body of persons having the power to make and change laws




Law Dictionary

legislature

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noun leg·is·la·ture \ˈle-jəs-ˌlā-chər, -ˌchu̇r\

Legal Definition of legislature

  1. :  a body of persons having the power to legislate; specifically :  an organized body having the authority to make laws for a political unit (as a nation or state) — compare executive, judiciary





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