law·mak·er | \ˈlȯ-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of lawmaker 

: one who makes laws : legislator

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lawmaking \ˈlȯ-ˌmā-kiŋ \ noun

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lawgiver, legislator, solon

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Examples of lawmaker in a Sentence

the state's lawmakers worked long into the night drafting a bill that would be acceptable to everyone

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In the case of GOP lawmakers and hopefuls caught between a conservative (read: pro-Trump) primary electorate and Democratic efforts to topple Republicans in November’s midterms, speaking out is somewhat of a gamble. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Ivanka Trump Said She'd Fight for Women. Where Is She on the Border Crisis?," 20 June 2018 Following school takeovers in Gary and Muncie by the state last year, lawmakers passed legislation in May requiring a concrete list of indicators to help prevent other schools from going down the same path. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "State works on identifying troubled school districts," 13 July 2018 But only weeks later, lawmakers passed a follow-up bill delaying the enforcement of criminal penalties for operating a ride without a state permit until this year. CBS News, "Verruckt waterslide, where 10-year-old boy died in 2016, to come down, park says," 12 July 2018 Once that court was under the party’s control, its lawmakers passed a series of measures aimed at other parts of the court system. Marc Santora,, "Poland’s Supreme Court in disarray after judges defy purge," 4 July 2018 Once that court was under the party’s control, its lawmakers passed a series of measures aimed at other parts of the court system. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland’s Supreme Court in Disarray After Judges Defy Purge," 4 July 2018 The initiative’s main backer agreed to withdraw his proposal if lawmakers passed a compromise bill before a June 28 deadline to get the measure on California’s November ballot. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Big tech is going after California's new privacy law," 3 July 2018 State lawmakers passed legislation in May that would ban skin-care companies from selling and distributing sunscreens on the islands that contain two chemicals deemed damaging to coral reefs. Lindsey Bever, The Seattle Times, "Hawaii is about to ban popular sunscreen brands to protect its coral reefs," 2 July 2018 Soda companies got a respite last week from battling local taxes on sugary beverages, after California lawmakers grudgingly passed a 12-year ban on cities and counties imposing the levies. Melanie Mason,, "Healthcare groups want California voters to tax soda," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of lawmaker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lawmaker

: someone who makes laws


law·mak·er | \ˈlȯ-ˌmā-kər \

Kids Definition of lawmaker

: someone who takes part in writing and passing laws : legislator

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lawmaking \-ˌmā-kiŋ \ adjective or noun Congress is the nation's lawmaking body.



Legal Definition of lawmaker 

: one that makes laws especially : legislator

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lawmaking noun

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