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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To drive home the point, Josh said the Lafairs would be sending their game to Supreme Court justices, state legislators and other politicians. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Fed up with wild districts, Texas siblings create gerrymandering board game," 10 July 2018 History of tension Tension between legislators and governors is nothing new. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Here's why NC governors don't like one constitutional amendment: 'You have to kill a snake'," 28 June 2018 That’s also an important point, because clearly the legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown, in enacting the law, painfully attempted to avoid the free speech issue by portraying it as just a consumer protection measure. Dan Walters, SFChronicle.com, "Supreme Court voids California law, upholds free speech," 27 June 2018 Grants for a family of three average $556 per month, less than the $594 average two decades ago, because during the states periodic budget crises, governors and legislators froze or even reduced grants to save money. San Francisco Chronicle, "One welfare boost for the poor, another for the rich," 11 June 2018 In the shooting's aftermath, many state legislators and members of Congress have called for increased security measures at the nation's schools, such as fewer entry points at buildings and more locked doors on campuses. CBS News, "Security monitor told police he saw Florida gunman minutes before massacre," 6 June 2018 The commission brings together law enforcement, education and mental health officials along with legislators and the parents of student victims. Terry Spencer, The Seattle Times, "Official: Florida shooting suspect’s mom let him buy gun," 10 July 2018 The commission brings together law enforcement, education and mental health officials along with legislators and the parents of student victims. NBC News, "Parkland shooting suspect's mother allowed him to purchase guns, investigating commission says," 10 July 2018 The commission brings together law enforcement, education and mental health officials along with legislators and the parents of student victims. Terry Spencer, chicagotribune.com, "Official: Parkland school shooting suspect's mom let him buy gun," 10 July 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

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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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

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