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

Just days before, four candidates backed by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) won primary elections for legislative seats in Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "In socialist candidates' election success, some see ominous rejection of Democratic 'Old Guard'," 7 July 2018 Sunday’s elections were the largest in Mexico’s history with all 628 legislative seats and 3,400 other positions up for grabs. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador Wins Mexican Presidential Election," 2 July 2018 Voters were choosing candidates for all 188 state legislative seats in Tuesday’s primary, as well as the Democratic nominee for governor in a crowded primary. Brian Witte, The Seattle Times, "Voter registration error triggers confusion in Maryland," 26 June 2018 According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, women occupy 1,876 of the 7,383 state legislative seats nationwide, making up just over a quarter of all state representatives. Max Cohen, Philly.com, "'Until our legislature reflects the people we represent, we don't have a true democracy.' Diane Allen launches PAC to help get women elected in New Jersey," 25 June 2018 No Green candidates have yet sought a place on November’s general election ballot for the legislative seat. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "A big-money challenger roils Southeast Baltimore's election with focus on crime, safety," 23 June 2018 Frostman's win represents the 43rd state legislative seat Democrats have flipped since Trump took office in January 2017, a trend that national Democratic operatives argue shows voters are prepared to rebuke the President in November. Dan Merica, CNN, "Democrats flip 43rd state legislative seat since Trump took office," 12 June 2018 Voters will settle about 30 primary battles for state legislative seats. CBS News, "Primary results in Virginia, 4 other states -- live updates," 12 June 2018 With 42 legislative seats nationwide flipping to Democrats since President Trump took office, outside groups are spending heavily on the races. Todd Richmond, The Christian Science Monitor, "Wisconsin special elections could build red or blue momentum," 11 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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The first known use of legislative was in 1621

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legislative

adjective

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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