leg·​is·​la·​ture | \ ˈle-jə-ˌslā-chər also ˌle-jə-ˈslā- How to pronounce legislature (audio) , British often ˈle-jə-slə-chə\

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

Our legislature passed a law requiring people to wear safety belts. Each state has its own legislature.

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The recent proposal is to reduce that to about 87 percent, generating $53 million in state revenue as the legislature and Gov. Ned Lamont look for more revenue to close a budget deficit. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Small businesses cry foul over newest tax law change," 4 June 2019 Five years later, legislatures and school boards from San Diego to Cincinnati are opting, by and large, to hit the snooze button — and reap the rewards. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Starting School Later Can Drastically Improve Students' Lives," 9 May 2019 Important social-movement victories can be undone by voters, courts, legislatures and presidents down the road. Kelsy Kretschmer, Washington Post, "Illinois ratified the ERA — 36 years late. Here’s what you need to know.," 19 June 2018 That's not to be negative, but that’s just reality since the money would be controlled by the legislature and governor. ... Kelsey Ryan And Andy Marso, kansascity, "Local government suits accuse opioid makers of turning 'patients into drug addicts'," 2 July 2018 The Black Car Fund was created by the New York state legislature in 1999 to provide workers’ compensation insurance for livery and black car drivers. Washington Post, "NYC drivers for Uber, other apps to get vision care coverage," 29 June 2018 Swift was one of several executives on the state Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, established by the state legislature and Malloy as part of the 2017-2018 budget. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Insurers Poised To Make First Payment In $50 Million Aid Package To Hartford," 28 June 2018 Louisville was able to avoid that hike thanks to a relief measure passed by the state legislature this year, which capped those retirement costs to about $9.4 million. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "See what Metro Council changed in Mayor Greg Fischer's budget plan," 27 June 2018 But with British lawmakers unwilling to endorse the divorce agreement that May forged with the EU, preparations have begun to fill the 73 U.K. spots in the 751-seat European legislature. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "UK’s anti-EU Brexit Party launches EU election campaign," 13 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of legislature

circa 1676, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of legislature

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


leg·​is·​la·​ture | \ ˈle-jə-ˌslā-chər How to pronounce legislature (audio) \

Kids Definition of legislature

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


leg·​is·​la·​ture | \ ˈle-jəs-ˌlā-chər, -ˌchu̇r How to pronounce legislature (audio) \

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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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