legislative

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adjective

leg·​is·​la·​tive ˈle-jə-ˌslā-tiv How to pronounce legislative (audio)
-slə-
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
legislatively adverb

legislative

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noun

: the body or department exercising the power and function of legislating : legislature

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 announcement of the FARMER Act comes amid ongoing talks about the next farm bill, a legislative package addressing nutrition, rural development and agriculture programs. Alex Thomas, arkansasonline.com, 14 Apr. 2024 In the face of legislative assaults on diversity and equity, the Freedom Monument Sculpture Park is one space where the voices of the past echo through the present, where wounds of history are disinfected by the light of truth. Donovan X. Ramsey, Rolling Stone, 14 Apr. 2024 The bill, which includes sections that appear to be copied word-for-word from the Texas law, failed to come up for a vote in the state’s Senate before the legislative session ended Wednesday. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 14 Apr. 2024 The Prince George’s County delegation helped pass legislation for $2 million during the 2023 legislative session to help fund the incentive through 2028, funding that will begin in July. Jasmine Hilton, Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2024 Lawmakers reconvened Friday for two final days of the legislative session. Rebecca Grapevine, The Courier-Journal, 12 Apr. 2024 Kansas law prevents legislative candidates from soliciting contributions from PACs and lobbyists while the Legislature is in session. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 10 Apr. 2024 Klick touted legislative funding for border security and expressed support for an operations base in the Eagle Pass area to house DPS and Texas National Guard members when in the area for detail. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Apr. 2024 President Joe Biden teamed up with Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday to promote his administration’s efforts to lower the cost of inhalers and other health care needs, as the White House continues its effort to highlight Biden’s legislative achievements to voters ahead of the November elections. Darlene Superville, Fortune, 3 Apr. 2024
Noun
First, the founders of our country designed the government with three separate co-equal branches: the legislative to make the laws, the executive to carry them out, and the judiciary to resolve cases, including those involving the constitutionality and legality of the actions of other branches. Jeffrey Rupp, The Denver Post, 3 Feb. 2024 And Israel, the last 30 years has been a growing arrogation by the Supreme Court of the powers of the executive and the legislative. Nbc Universal, NBC News, 16 Apr. 2023 Every democracy, including your own, has continuous tension between the judiciary and the executive or the legislative. Nbc Universal, NBC News, 16 Apr. 2023 Both promised to lead an independent legislative. Star Tribune, 1 Feb. 2021 According to a growing number of markets pundits, the best scenario of all is a divided Washington, with one party holding the executive branch and the opposition (or a split) holding the legislative. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 12 July 2020 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

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

1641, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of legislative was in 1621

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Cite this Entry

“Legislative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislative. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

legislative

adjective
leg·​is·​la·​tive
ˈlej-ə-ˌslāt-iv
1
: having the power of legislating
the legislative branch
2
: of or relating to a legislature or legislation
legislatively adverb

Legal Definition

legislative

adjective
leg·​is·​la·​tive ˈle-jəs-ˌlā-tiv How to pronounce legislative (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
legislatively adverb
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