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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House Bill 2 was the Republican legislature's law that required people in government buildings to use the bathroom that matches their birth certificate. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Mayor Lyles defends pursuit of Republican convention to skeptical fellow Democrats," 11 July 2018 Texas took the case to the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court said the district court should use the legislature's map as a starting point for redistricting. Sarah Smith, star-telegram, "A Fort Worth state House district is racially gerrymandered, Supreme Court rules," 25 June 2018 But the Kentucky Education Association applauded the legislature's decisions to override Bevin's vetoes of House bills 200 and 366. Holly Yan, CNN, "Here's what teachers accomplished with their protests this year," 29 May 2018 In Brussels, the leader of the European Parliament, Tajani, initially hoped to hold a meeting with Zuckerberg at a private gathering of the body's Conference of Presidents, which includes the chiefs of the legislature's political groups. Tony Romm, latimes.com, "Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg apologizes to European lawmakers, and they slam him," 22 May 2018 Racher said the legislature's action was a thinly veiled attempt to thwart Toomey specifically. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "What Indiana officials want to keep secret about executions," 16 May 2018 Several state legislatures have tried to abandon the time change in recent years. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "10 Things You Didn't Know About Daylight Saving Time," 6 Mar. 2019 In order for this to actually be put in place, California legislature has to now approve it by a two-thirds vote, and then Congress would have to allow the deviation. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "California moves toward permanent daylight saving time," 7 Nov. 2018 My plan was to be in the legislature as long as my constituents re-elected me. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "Lieutenant Governor-Elect of Minnesota Peggy Flanagan Becomes the Highest-Ranking Native Woman Elected to Executive Office in the United States," 3 Dec. 2018

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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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