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 move will likely send the dispute between the executive and legislative branches into federal court, where judges may take months or years to resolve a legal question about the boundaries of congressional investigations. ... Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Treasury Department Rejects Request for Trump Tax Returns," 6 May 2019 In 2010, Republican strategist Karl Rove wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal advocating a significant Republican push to gerrymander legislative districts after that year’s midterm elections. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 2018 Critics of that approach say such decisions are best left to legislative bodies which are elected. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Todd Young wants an 'originalist' Supreme Court. What does that mean?," 11 July 2018 With President Donald Trump's election last year giving Republicans control of both the executive and legislative branches of government, the threat of new gun limits faded. Polly Mosendz, chicagotribune.com, "Gun control activism is risk to bottom line, gun maker says," 21 June 2018 This means the party would hold the balance of power in both chambers and influence a government’s legislative agenda. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Australian party accused of asking US gun lobby for money," 26 Mar. 2019 Malloy has put prison reform at the top of his legislative agenda. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Inside a Radical Experiment to Transform the Lives of Incarcerated Women," 22 Aug. 2018 The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Stephen Colbert rips Trump's 'child prisons': 'We’re treating them like farm animals'," 19 June 2018 The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Laura Bush Condemns Trump Family Separation Policy as ‘Cruel’ and ‘Immoral’," 18 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 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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