legislature

noun leg·is·la·ture \ ˈle-jə-ˌslā-chər also ˌle-jə-ˈslā- , British often ˈle-jə-slə- \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of legislature

: a body of persons having the power to legislate; specifically : an organized body having the authority to make laws for a political unit

Examples of legislature in a Sentence

  1. Our legislature passed a law requiring people to wear safety belts.

  2. Each state has its own legislature.

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First Known Use of legislature

circa 1676


LEGISLATURE Defined for English Language Learners

legislature

noun

Definition of legislature for English Language Learners

  • : a group of people with the power to make or change laws


LEGISLATURE Defined for Kids

legislature

noun leg·is·la·ture \ ˈle-jə-ˌslā-chər \

Definition of legislature for Students

: a body of persons having the power to make and change laws

Law Dictionary

legislature

noun leg·is·la·ture \ ˈle-jəs-ˌlā-chər, -ˌchu̇r \

legal Definition of legislature

: a body of persons having the power to legislate; specifically : an organized body having the authority to make laws for a political unit (as a nation or state) — compare executive, judiciary


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