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

The new draft was introduced during a meeting of the Finance Committee in Anchorage, a compromise between the Wasilla and Juneau locations favored by different legislative factions last week. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Legislature update: House panel introduces legislation to reverse governor’s vetoes and fix other gaps in budget," 16 July 2019 Biden instead wants the signature legislative achievement of the Obama Administration to stay in place. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Biden defends and hopes to build on Obamacare in face of "Medicare for all" calls," 15 July 2019 Anderson said groups such as the African American Roundtable would be hosting meetings to teach residents how to lobby their officials and tell their own experiences effectively during legislative hearings. Marisa Peryer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "#CLOSEmsdf campaign leaders hold panel, march to advocate for corrections facility closure," 14 July 2019 The legislative session ended in June, with the bill never reaching the floor for a vote. J. David Goodman, New York Times, "When Big Tobacco Invoked Eric Garner to Fight a Menthol Cigarette Ban," 14 July 2019 His legislative proposals are too extreme even for members of his own party, while his negotiating tactics are ultimatums at best, hostage-taking at worst. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Day of Terror," 12 July 2019 Senator Miles, along with Senator Royce West, was one of two African American senators to serves during the recent legislative term. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Senator Borris Miles hosts Missouri City Town Hall," 12 July 2019 Judge Neomi Rao said Supreme Court precedent permitted congressional investigations to have some law-enforcement purpose so long as there was a legislative purpose, too. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Appeals Court Questions Trump Effort to Block Subpoena for Financial Records," 12 July 2019 Randal John Meyer is the executive director of the Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce and previously served as legislative counsel to Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.). Ilya Shapiro, National Review, "Congress Needs to Settle the Looming Cannabis-Regulation Fight," 10 July 2019

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 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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