legislator

noun
leg·​is·​la·​tor | \ˈle-jə-ˌslā-ˌtȯr, -ˌslā-tər also ˌle-jə-ˈslā-ˌtȯr \

Definition of legislator 

: one that makes laws especially for a political unit especially : a member of a legislative body

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Other Words from legislator

legislatorial \ ˌle-​jə-​slə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl \ adjective
legislatorship \ ˈle-​jə-​ˌslā-​tər-​ˌship \ noun

Synonyms for legislator

Synonyms

lawgiver, lawmaker, solon

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Examples of legislator in a Sentence

Write to your state legislator. the legislators met in an all-night session to hammer out the details of the bill

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My male counterparts tend to trust the judgment of women legislators. Rebecca Beitsch, The Christian Science Monitor, "All US states now allow breastfeeding in public," 13 July 2018 Officials at the Gift of Hope have been working with legislators to draft measures that would provide specialized health care for donors. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "People are using social media to improve their odds of finding organ donors: 'Doing it can save my life'," 6 July 2018 Sponsors of three highly controversial ballot measures dropped them after backroom negotiations with legislators. Dan Walters, SFChronicle.com, "Genteel extortion cancels 3 California ballot measures," 3 July 2018 Beyond policy, McLean said, Malloy comes across as pushy and arrogant with problems connecting to voters and bad relations with legislators. Fox News, "Will Connecticut's unpopular Dem gov sink party's chances in November?," 11 May 2018 Bruce Boislard Memorial Bridge happened after people who knew Boislard worked with the town’s legislators to get state approval to dedicate the span. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "I-84 Bridge Named To Honor Late Southington Police Detective Boislard," 3 May 2018 The White House subsequently confirmed to CNN that Ivanka had acted on her offer to speak directly to legislators on the topic. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Ivanka Trump Said She'd Fight for Women. Where Is She on the Border Crisis?," 20 June 2018 Pressure from outraged Michigan legislators is also mounting. CBS News, "Michigan State University president urged to resign by 2 trustees," 15 June 2018 Lack of support from other Republican legislators, according to Vox, likely means no reform bill can get the votes needed to pass. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Why President Trump May Well Flip-Flop on Marijuana Legalization," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of legislator

circa 1513, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for legislator

Latin legis lator, literally, proposer of a law, from legis (genitive of lex law) + lator proposer, from ferre (past participle latus) to carry, propose — more at tolerate, bear

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legislator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of legislator

: a person who makes laws : a member of a legislature

legislator

noun
leg·​is·​la·​tor | \ˈle-jə-ˌslā-ˌtȯr, -ˌslā-tər\

Kids Definition of legislator

: a person who makes laws and is a member of a legislature

legislator

noun
leg·​is·​la·​tor | \ˈle-jəs-ˌlā-tər, -ˌtȯr \

Legal Definition of legislator 

: a person who makes laws especially for a political unit especially : a member of a legislative body

Other Words from legislator

legislatorial \ ˌle-​jəs-​lə-​ˈtōr-​ē-​əl \ adjective
legislatorship noun

History and Etymology for legislator

Latin legis lator, literally, proposer of a law, from legis (genitive of lex law) + lator proposer, from ferre (past participle latus) to carry, propose

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