legislature

noun
leg·​is·​la·​ture | \ ˈle-jə-ˌslā-chər How to pronounce legislature (audio) 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Afterward, he was elected to the state legislature and became minister for education. Soumya Shankar, The Christian Science Monitor, "How one monk’s “inner evolution” fuels social justice work," 21 May 2020 Since the Supreme Court decision in 1973, more than 1,200 restrictions have been passed at the state and federal levels, more than a third of them since Republicans swept into power in state legislatures in 2010. Katha Pollitt, Washington Post, "The long fight for reproductive rights is only getting harder," 13 May 2020 Courts generally defer to legislatures to draw the lines determining who’s covered by or exempted from laws, Garden said. Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg.com, "Uber Urges California Court to End Law That Gives Gig Workers Benefits," 29 Apr. 2020 Women’s representation in state legislatures increased nearly four percentage points post-2018 to an all-time high of nearly 30%. Julie Kohler, refinery29.com, "Where Is America’s Jacinda Ardern? She’s Hiding In Plain Sight.," 24 Apr. 2020 On Obama’s watch, the Democratic Party lost a dozen U.S. Senate seats, 13 governorships, 816 seats in state legislatures—and the White House to Donald Trump. John A. Farrell, The New Republic, "TNR Newsletters. Must reads. 5 days a week.," 16 Apr. 2020 Yet such laws continue to be passed in state legislatures. Laila Lalami, Harper's Magazine, "Bright Stars," 30 Mar. 2020 The restrictions on large social gatherings in places such as France and Italy are only just being implemented in legislatures. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "Democracies Must Learn to Work From Home," 20 Mar. 2020 The spread of the coronavirus has coincided with crunch time in some state legislatures. oregonlive, "Coronavirus strains state budgets, some may dip into reserves," 15 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of legislature

circa 1676, in the meaning defined above

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“Legislature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legislature. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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legislature

noun
How to pronounce legislature (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of legislature

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

legislature

noun
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

legislature

noun
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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