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 operatives helped organize or draw state legislative and congressional maps that matched the districts that were later enacted. David Daley, The New Yorker, "The Secret Files of the Master of Modern Republican Gerrymandering," 6 Sep. 2019 The letter was signed by Ronald Newman, the group's national political director, and Manar Waheed, senior legislative and advocacy counsel. CBS News, "ACLU pushes House Judiciary to oppose bill criminalizing domestic terrorism," 4 Sep. 2019 The letter was signed by Ronald Newman, the group’s national political director, and Manar Waheed, senior legislative and advocacy counsel. Washington Post, "ACLU criticizes bill criminalizing domestic terrorism," 3 Sep. 2019 State races this year and next are especially critical since the lawmakers elected now will be the ones drawing the legislative and congressional maps for the next decade after the 2020 Census. NBC News, "Democrats look to flip Virginia state legislature narrowly controlled by Republicans," 30 Aug. 2019 Democrats were able to pick up a handful of legislative and congressional seats in the eventual district maps approved by the court. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Senate race in Seminole County could tip balance of power in Tallahassee," 22 Aug. 2019 Its population has almost doubled in the last four decades, Latino residents have eclipsed whites as the dominant ethnic group, and Republicans have lost their grip on statewide and legislative elections. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Who’s taxed and how much: The Proposition 13 debate begins again in California," 19 Aug. 2019 Sung said the changes are expected to enter effect sometime in September, following a 20-day period for gathering public opinion on the issue and further regulatory and legislative reviews. Fox News, "South Korea to remove Japan from preferred trade list in sign of growing tension," 12 Aug. 2019 President Trump is reportedly mulling legislative and executive responses to the violence, which may include expanded background checks. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for August 9: Immigration, White House, highway shooting, Kashmir," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Francesca Costa, who does CalFresh outreach at a nonprofit in San Francisco, said at an April legislative hearing. Jackie Botts, The Mercury News, "California’s struggle to get food stamps to the hungry," 19 July 2019 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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