leg·​is·​la·​ture | \ˈle-jə-ˌslā-chər also ˌle-jə-ˈslā-, 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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Efforts to raise the liability cap have gone nowhere in the state legislature. Philly.com, "Work to repair broken water main in Center City Philadelphia could take months," 5 July 2018 Some races, such as those for Harford County executive and president of the County Council, ended with a clear winner, but other races for some seats on the council and in the state legislature have much tighter margins. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford races for local offices remain unchanged after first absentee canvass," 28 June 2018 The same year, Danica Roem, a Democrat, ousted one of Virginia's most socially conservative lawmakers to become the first openly transgender person to be seated in a state legislature. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Jared Polis’s win expands the list of LGBT candidates winning primaries," 27 June 2018 The candidates will face off on June 26 for the chance to compete for the district’s two seats in the state legislature. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Meet the candidates for state delegate in the District 42B primary," 19 June 2018 NC Child is advocating for a closure of the health insurance coverage gap in the state – a topic currently being discussed in the state legislature – in order to counteract these issues. Caroline Metzler, charlotteobserver, "Opioid crisis drives increase in NC foster care enrollment, nonprofit finds," 15 June 2018 One bill, called SB 827, put forward in the California state legislature this year, died in committee but may be resuscitated. The Economist, "Can a new mayor fix San Francisco’s housing and homelessness problems?," 31 May 2018 Teachers have lobbied against these bills in state legislatures, effectively killing lawmakers' appetite for the measures, Kusler said. Brandon Griggs And Dakin Andone, CNN, "Since Parkland, 14 states have introduced 25 measures to arm teachers and staff. Only 1 has passed," 21 May 2018 In Kentucky, at least 39 current and former teachers are running for seats in the state legislature in its upcoming primary. Melissa Daniels, BostonGlobe.com, "Teachers who led strikes now turning focus to elections," 17 May 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 \

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 \

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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