legislative

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

Dragoo serves as state legislative director for the Kansas chapter of SMART, a union that represents transportation workers. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "‘His social views were liberal.’ Candidate met with Dems before launching GOP run," 13 July 2018 President Donald Trump’s legislative affairs director is heading for the exits just as the White House gears up for a major Supreme Court nomination battle and approaches a daunting midterm election landscape. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 President Donald Trump chose economic aide Shahira Knight to be his next legislative director, the White House announced in a statement on Thursday. Fortune, "Trump Picks Shahira Knight as New Legislative Director," 12 July 2018 Schweikert named Katherina Dimenstein, his legislative director, to head his office. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Rep. David Schweikert's chief of staff steps down amid ethics probe," 9 July 2018 Marc Short, the White House’s legislative affairs director, is expected to leave in the coming months. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Government Work Done, Tax Policy Writers Decamp to Lobbying Jobs," 8 July 2018 On Friday, White House legislative director Marc Short echoed Mnuchin’s comments about the Axios portrayal of Trump’s thinking. Toluse Olorunnipa, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Wants Better WTO Treatment, Adviser Hits Back at Critics," 30 June 2018 The long list of White House staffers who have recently left or are planning to go in the coming weeks includes legislative director Marc Short. Ken Thomas, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says he has ‘good relationship’ with chief of staff," 30 June 2018 The long list of White House staffers who have recently left or are planning to go in the coming weeks includes legislative director Marc Short. Catherine Lucey, Time, "President Trump Floats Chief of Staff Replacements Amid Shake-Up," 29 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 \

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 \

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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