law·​mak·​er | \ ˈlȯ-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce lawmaker (audio) \

Definition of lawmaker

: one who makes laws : legislator

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lawmaking \ ˈlȯ-​ˌmā-​kiŋ How to pronounce lawmaking (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Lee said that lawmakers were not told about any potential attacks on American embassies, as Trump suggested. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Republican senator says lawmakers were not told about threat to four embassies during briefing," 12 Jan. 2020 Currently, lawmakers are limited to six years in the House and eight years in the Senate., "A second term for Donald Trump? Michigan is at the center of the political universe," 9 Jan. 2020 The unstated assumption of lawmakers here is that companies will simply comply with the law and convert those gig jobs into full-time positions. Louis Hyman For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "California's new gig economy law was meant to help workers. But it will likely hurt them instead," 9 Jan. 2020 This is a budget year, so lawmakers are tasked with passing a state budget covering the next two years. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Here are 8 Kentucky education trends to watch in the 2020 legislative budget session," 2 Jan. 2020 Diplomatic security budgets continued to decline, at the insistence of GOP lawmakers, even after the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked in 2012. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Amid Baghdad embassy attacks, US spending on diplomatic security drops 11%," 1 Jan. 2020 Tensions are rising in India after Hindu nationalist lawmakers passed a new citizenship act widely seen as discriminating against the nation’s 200 million Muslims. National Geographic, "What are the best photos of the decade?," 27 Dec. 2019 Pennsylvania lawmakers are poised to put Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, on defense for his opposition to new school-choice legislation. Kevin Mooney, National Review, "In Pennsylvania, Democrats Fight a GOP Bill to Expand School Choice," 17 Dec. 2019 The push to halt the cuts had the bipartisan support of more than 100 lawmakers in Congress. Fox News, "Bernie Sanders takes swings at batting practice, makes pitch for minor-league teams," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of lawmaker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lawmaker.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lawmaker

: someone who makes laws


law·​mak·​er | \ ˈlȯ-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce lawmaker (audio) \

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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