legislative

adjective
leg·​is·​la·​tive | \ ˈle-jə-ˌslā-tiv How to pronounce legislative (audio) , -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 As state and federal measures against evictions expired last month, Northam (D) asked the court in a letter to suspend evictions through early September to give the state time to come up with a legislative solution. Washington Post, "Virginia Supreme Court temporarily halts evictions due to pandemic," 7 Aug. 2020 Forrer filed the lawsuit when a legislative panel, rather than the full Alaska Legislature, approved an aid plan authored by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge dismisses lawsuit against state of Alaska over coronavirus aid plan," 7 Aug. 2020 Republicans were late to agree to the talks and have become frustrated by the inflexible tactics of Pelosi and Schumer, who have been exuding confidence in a political and legislative landscape that appeared tilted in their favor. Arkansas Online, "Virus aid talks on brink of collapse; sides 'very far apart'," 7 Aug. 2020 Emails show institute employees routinely participated in the industry council’s public affairs and legislative strategy meetings. The Cutting, ProPublica, "What Happened When a Public Institute Became a De Facto Lobbying Arm of the Timber Industry," 7 Aug. 2020 Republicans were late to agree to the talks and have become frustrated by the inflexible tactics of Pelosi and Schumer, who have been exuding confidence in a political and legislative landscape that's tilted in their favor. Andrew Taylor, chicagotribune.com, "Second stimulus check updates: Sides ‘still very far apart’ as coronavirus relief talks in danger of collapse," 7 Aug. 2020 That refusal left Whitmer with only one major legislative tool in her toolbox — the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, which does not require the Legislature to sign off on a state of emergency. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Whitmer extends coronavirus state of emergency through Sept. 4," 7 Aug. 2020 Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled that federal courts have little power to regulate strictly legislative acts. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Judge dismisses lawsuit to invalidate proxy voting in the House," 7 Aug. 2020 None of its major legislative priorities have been enacted. Adam Winkler, The New Republic, "The Fall of the NRA," 6 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Debate over the legislative was later suspended after pro-democracy lawmakers staged a protest, with one dropping a pot of pungent liquid in the chamber. Zen Soo, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hong Kong passes anthem law on Tiananmen anniversary," 4 June 2020 Camera-ready: For the first time, every Ohio legislative standing committee meeting will be publicly broadcast and streamed to the public starting Thursday. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Ohio’s largest public pension system slashes health-care benefits for retirees: Capitol Letter," 16 Jan. 2020 That would allow those victims time to file claims without delaying Pacific Gas & Electric's bankruptcy, which faces a June legislative deadline to access a $21 billion state wildfire fund. Arkansas Online, "California fire victims forced to back of line; bankruptcy law puts earlier losses last," 24 Nov. 2019 But Aronovitz, the sweepstakes attorney, argued at the May legislative hearing that the more recent change in state law negated that determination. Dan Petrella, chicagotribune.com, "Bribery charge against ex-state Rep. Luis Arroyo brings fresh scrutiny to sweepstakes machines, raises questions about potential for abuse as gambling expands," 4 Nov. 2019 Francesca Costa, who does CalFresh outreach at a nonprofit in San Francisco, said at an April legislative hearing. Jackie Botts, The Mercury News, "California’s struggle to get food stamps to the hungry," 19 July 2019 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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The first known use of legislative was in 1621

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10 Aug 2020

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“Legislative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislative. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for legislative

legislative

adjective
How to pronounce legislative (audio)

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 How to pronounce legislative (audio) \

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 How to pronounce legislative (audio) \

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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