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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However, in his haste to name worthwhile legislators, Casey forgot to add one from the city of Atlanta. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: Georgia political turbulence? Grab Atlanta’s airport," 27 June 2018 At least as important, such moves could blunt the concerns of legislators, who made social media addiction a talking point in Zuckerberg’s testimony before Senate committees in April. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Facebook Is Developing a Time-Management Tool for Users," 23 June 2018 An ethics amendment would have to be approved by legislators installed by two successive elections and then ratified in a popular referendum. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Ethics and Campaign Reforms on Horizon in Albany," 8 Jan. 2019 The dividend has been capped since 2016 amid a budget deficit, first by Walker, then by legislators. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "GOP’s Dunleavy defends oil check in Alaska gubernatorial bid," 22 Oct. 2018 And Wallops is well-positioned for the coming changes at NASA, thanks in part to actions by the agency and by state legislators. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Rocket Lab Chooses Wallops Island, Virginia as American Launch Site," 17 Oct. 2018 The list of deficit spenders is filled with states that pay their legislators generously, including California, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Steven Malanga, WSJ, "Lawmakers Are Doing a Bad Job—So Give Them a Raise?," 11 Jan. 2019 Political power, to the state legislators in question, matters more than the core bargain of democracy. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Wisconsin power grab is part of a bigger Republican attack on democracy," 6 Dec. 2018 State legislators changed laws to ease insurance burdens. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Rocket Lab Chooses Wallops Island, Virginia as American Launch Site," 17 Oct. 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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