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

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 But the shrinking number of legislative days available plays to the advantage of the tech companies, which can declare victory if Congress doesn’t act. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 Sign Up During this time, much of Biden’s legislative agenda was stalled. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2022 Democrats are hoping to clear their overall legislative package on Sunday, setting the House up to briefly return to Washington this week to approve it. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 8 Aug. 2022 The bill, approved via a fast-track legislative procedure that didn’t allow for a Republican filibuster, passed on a 50-50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie. Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2022 By the end of the year, the richest democracies in the world could all have a legislative climate policy for the first time. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 7 Aug. 2022 Ending the legislative filibuster would only deepen the partisan divide. Anchorage Daily News, 7 Aug. 2022 But in the second year of his presidency, some of Biden’s most striking, legacy-defining legislative victories came about by staying out of it. Erin Prater, Fortune, 7 Aug. 2022 The Senate on Sunday passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) along party lines, 51-50, handing Democrats a crucial legislative win as the midterm cycle ramps up. Bytal Axelrod, ABC News, 7 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brookfield Clerk Kelly Michaels chairs the legislative and communications and advocacy committee for the clerks' association. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 Democrats are pinning their hopes on Frank Ramirez, a young former legislative and City Council aide. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Oct. 2021 Brookfield Clerk Kelly Michaels chairs the legislative and communications and advocacy committee for the clerks' association. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 Brookfield Clerk Kelly Michaels chairs the legislative and communications and advocacy committee for the clerks' association. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 Brookfield Clerk Kelly Michaels chairs the legislative and communications and advocacy committee for the clerks' association. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 Brookfield Clerk Kelly Michaels chairs the legislative and communications and advocacy committee for the clerks' association. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 Brookfield Clerk Kelly Michaels chairs the legislative and communications and advocacy committee for the clerks' association. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 Brookfield Clerk Kelly Michaels chairs the legislative and communications and advocacy committee for the clerks' association. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislative. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for legislative

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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