legislator

noun
leg·​is·​la·​tor | \ ˈle-jə-ˌslā-tər How to pronounce legislator (audio) , -ˌslā-ˌtȯr How to pronounce legislator (audio) 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 How to pronounce legislatorial (audio) \ adjective
legislatorship \ ˈle-​jə-​ˌslā-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce legislatorship (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Some Democratic legislators have called for barring them from receiving the same federal loans that allowed about 1,600 for-profits to collectively receive more than $1 billion in coronavirus bailout funds. NBC News, "Why did the CARES Act give more money to hair schools than to a community college?," 12 May 2020 Some state legislators are pushing for an end for restrictions, in one of the big news topics of the week and the start of our This Week in the CLE news podcast. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Should rural Ohio reopen from coronavirus crisis before urban areas: This Week in the CLE," 13 Apr. 2020 Some of this research included coronavirus studies involving bats that some legislators have theorized could have been a catalyst for the outbreak. Carlin Becker, Washington Examiner, "Taxpayer-funded animal experiments tied to Chinese 'wet markets' and Wuhan laboratory," 10 Apr. 2020 Now, the team is working on getting the word out and talking with interested legislators. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "An environmental stimulus bill could help us bounce back from COVID-19," 1 Apr. 2020 The defense came as some Republican legislators introduced a bill to revoke the $25 million designated for the Kennedy Center in the $2 trillion stimulus package that President Trump signed into law on Friday. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "As Furloughs Grow, Kennedy Center Defends Use of $25 Million in Aid," 31 Mar. 2020 Some Alabama legislators have proposed ending the requirement to give a reason for voting absentee. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s stance on absentee voting criticized," 26 Mar. 2020 Some legislators see the scandal as a demonstration of why a federal privacy law is needed. David Meyer, Fortune, "We haven’t reached the bottom yet," 28 Feb. 2020 Some legislators have said the stockpile change would be voluntary and that most utilities wouldn't take advantage of it. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana coal bill stripped of language that could raise customer rates, heads to Senate floor," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of legislator was circa 1513

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24 May 2020

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“Legislator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislator. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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legislator

noun
How to pronounce legislator (audio) How to pronounce legislator (audio)

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 How to pronounce legislator (audio) , -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 How to pronounce legislator (audio) \

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 How to pronounce legislatorial (audio) \ 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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