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

Most Read Nation & World Stories Kennedy’s position encouraged supporters of limits when the justices took up cases last year involving Republican-drawn state legislative districts in Wisconsin and the same Maryland congressional district. Gary D. Robertson, The Seattle Times, "A more skeptical Supreme Court to hear redistricting challenge," 25 Mar. 2019 Her greatest success as speaker, after all, came when the extremely charismatic Barack Obama was in office to serve as the face of the Democratic Party, leaving her to do the work of crafting a legislative strategy. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "House Democrats don’t need a leader, they need someone to represent them on TV," 20 Nov. 2018 Hof, who turned 72 on Sunday, was the Republican candidate this year in a heavily GOP state legislative district. Fox News, "Dennis Hof, Nevada brothel owner, dead at 72," 16 Oct. 2018 Instead of asking for thoughts and prayers, the students impacted demanded for tangible legislative and cultural change. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "11 Teen Gun Violence Survivors and Activists on the Parkland Shooting Anniversary," 14 Feb. 2019 Unfortunately, in his career as an actual legislative leader, Ryan executed a massive bait-and-switch on the question of making work pay. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Paul Ryan’s farewell address contained a blaze of nonsense about poverty," 20 Dec. 2018 During the Obama era, Democrats lost a net total of 13 governorships and 816 state legislative seats, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "The Blue Wave May Wash Education Reform Away," 13 Nov. 2018 Primary voters in both parties also were picking nominees for offices across the state, including for county executive and all of Maryland’s state legislative and congressional seats. Washington Post, "Maryland Democrats choose between insurgents, establishment in crowded primary," 28 June 2018 In special elections across the country since Trump became president, 25 legislative and congressional seats have flipped from red to blue, according to Franklin. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Will Democrats' string of victories shake Republican confidence heading into fall races?," 13 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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