qua·​si-leg·​is·​la·​tive ˌkwā-ˌzī-ˈle-jə-ˌslā-tiv How to pronounce quasi-legislative (audio)
: having a partly legislative character by possession of the right to make rules and regulations having the force of law
a quasi-legislative agency
: essentially legislative in character but not within the legislative power or function especially as constitutionally defined
quasi-legislative powers

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of quasi-legislative was circa 1934

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“Quasi-legislative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quasi-legislative. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Legal Definition


: of, relating to, or being an administrative act, body, or procedure that is concerned with the promulgation of rules and regulations or the adoption of laws, charters, or orders and that is based on authority derived from the legislature by statute
quasi-judicial decisions are more closely scrutinized than quasi-legislative decisionsIn re Investigation of Unfair Election Practice Objections, 451 N.W.2d 49 (1990)
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