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 On Tuesday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee finalized language in the bipartisan Energy Infrastructure Act — a legislative package that would authorize over $100 billion to invest the country’s infrastructural needs. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 Those in the Texas legislature can only stay away from their state for so long, and Biden has been reluctant to press for the changes to the filibuster that would be needed for his party to push through their legislative package. Anchorage Daily News, 13 July 2021 Details about the outline were sparse on Tuesday evening, as many of the specifics of the legislative package will be hammered out after the blueprint is adopted. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, 13 July 2021 Earlier this week, National Park Service officials were in town researching information for the legislative package necessary for the site. Rob Levin, ajc, 11 July 2021 The Senate has passed a massive bipartisan legislative package that would reform and grant funding to U.S. technological research and development to that end. Jimmy Quinn, National Review, 5 July 2021 This legislative package faces an arduous road ahead. NBC News, 1 July 2021 Biden has secured a tentative deal with a bipartisan group of senators on a legislative package. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 In two days of heavy, often wonky, debate, the House Judiciary Committee approved the legislative package and sent it to the full U.S. House, where a vote will be the next step in what promises to be a strenuous slog through Congress. Marcy Gordon, USA TODAY, 26 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brookfield Clerk Kelly Michaels chairs the legislative and communications and advocacy committee for the clerks' association. Hope Karnopp, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 July 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislative. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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 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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