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legislative

adjective leg·is·la·tive \ ˈle-jə-ˌslā-tiv , -slə- \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of legislative

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

Examples of legislative in a Sentence

  1. the legislative branch of the government

  2. She is interested in the legislative process.

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First Known Use of legislative

1621


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legislative

noun

Definition of legislative

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

Recent Examples of legislative from the Web

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First Known Use of legislative

1641


LEGISLATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

legislative

adjective

Definition of legislative for English Language Learners

  • : having the power to make laws

  • : relating to the making of laws


LEGISLATIVE Defined for Kids

legislative

adjective leg·is·la·tive \ ˈle-jə-ˌslā-tiv \

Definition of legislative for Students

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

Law Dictionary

legislative

adjective leg·is·la·tive \ ˈle-jəs-ˌlā-tiv \

legal Definition of legislative

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 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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