legislative

adjective
leg·​is·​la·​tive | \ ˈle-jə-ˌslā-tiv, -slə-\

Definition of legislative 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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 executive, judicial
2a : 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 : of, concerned with, or created by legislation legislative courts

legislative

noun

Definition of legislative (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from legislative

Adjective

legislatively adverb

Examples of legislative in a Sentence

Adjective

the legislative branch of the government She is interested in the legislative process.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Patrick Murray, the associate legislative director at Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, told me. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The VA’s latest issues paying student veterans their benefits, explained," 11 Dec. 2018 The vehicle has 1,100 contractors in 43 states, covering a lot of legislative districts. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SLS contractor gets real, says program needs to focus on “affordability”," 29 Oct. 2018 The message focused on Republicans’ chief legislative accomplishment: the $1.5 trillion tax cuts that Republicans said would pad the pockets of middle-class America and send the American economy roaring. Tara Golshan, Vox, "House Republicans have a new messenger: Liz Cheney," 14 Nov. 2018 President Trump has been in office for 22 months, and his lone major legislative accomplishment is an unpopular tax bill. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 Gerrymandering: Honest redistricting of congressional and legislative seats was mandated. George Skelton, latimes.com, "The November election just got a lot less confusing for California voters," 2 July 2018 However, a handful started the convention huddled in a private meeting focused exclusively on redrawing Idaho's congressional and legislative district maps. Kimberlee Kruesi, idahostatesman, "GOP wants to unbalance Idaho's independent redistricting commission," 28 June 2018 Trump's derision of those efforts Friday morning only complicates matters for the Miami Republicans, and leaves them less likely to have a legislative accomplishment back home as their Democratic challengers continue to criticize. Alex Daugherty And David Smiley, miamiherald, "Trump says wait on immigration, but Curbelo and Diaz-Balart have no time to waste," 22 June 2018 Holder's group, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, wants to give Democrats greater control in drawing congressional and legislative districts after the 2020 Census. Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY, "Obama-linked group targets more than two dozen Republican House seats," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At a May legislative hearing, Department of Human Services director Clyde Saiki and project director Eric Smith told lawmakers the agency was eager to meet the December 2018 deadline to qualify for federal match funding. Jeff Manning, OregonLive.com, "Medicaid enrollment another troubled, expensive Oregon IT system," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of legislative

Adjective

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

1641, in the meaning defined above

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legislative

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English Language Learners Definition of legislative

: having the power to make laws

: relating to the making of laws

legislative

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

Kids Definition of legislative

1 : having the power or authority to make laws the legislative branch of government
2 : of or relating to the action or process by which laws are made legislative history

legislative

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

Legal Definition of legislative 

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 sense 2, executive, judicial
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 : of, concerned with, or created by legislation

Other Words from legislative

legislatively adverb

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