law·​giv·​er | \ ˈlȯ-ˌgi-vər How to pronounce lawgiver (audio) \

Definition of lawgiver

1 : one who gives a code of laws to a people

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lawmaker, legislator, solon

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Examples of lawgiver in a Sentence

political activists strenuously lobbied the state's lawgivers to expand the scope of the civil rights legislation

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In many cases, unelected agency heads and bureaucrats have become America’s main lawgivers. Peter J. Wallison, WSJ, "The Supreme Court May Begin to Tame the Administrative State," 13 Dec. 2018 That, in effect, allowed administrative agencies to displace Congress as America’s primary lawgiver. Peter J. Wallison, WSJ, "Kavanaugh May Restore Separation of Powers," 16 July 2018 This means that Facebook is a powerful sovereign and Mark Zuckerberg is the key lawgiver. Henry Farrell, Margaret Levi, Vox, "Mark Zuckerberg runs a nation-state, and he’s the king," 9 Apr. 2018 A journey to the central issue, a reconciliation with the Founding Fathers, the mythic lawgivers, the Dick Powers. J. D. Daniels, Esquire, "The Rollicking 2,000-Mile Route to America's Psychotic Core," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of lawgiver

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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