What does Legislature mean?

Definitions for Legislature
ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪ tʃərleg·is·la·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. legislature, legislative assembly, legislative body, general assembly, law-makersnoun

    persons who make or amend or repeal laws


  1. legislaturenoun

    A governmental body with the power to make, amend and repeal laws.

  2. legislaturenoun

    A legislative building.

  3. Etymology: 1676, from stem of legislator + -ure, cognate with législature

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Legislaturenoun

    The power that makes laws.

    Etymology: from legislator, Latin.

    Without the concurrent consent of all three parts of the legislature, no law is or can be made. Matthew Hale, Com. Law.

    In the notion of a legislature is implied a power to change, repeal, and suspend laws in being, as well as to make new laws. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 16.

    By the supreme magistrate is properly understood the legislative power; but the word magistrate seeming to denote a single person, and to express the executive power, it came to pass that the obedience due to the legislature was, for want of considering this easy distinction, misapplied to the administration. Jonathan Swift, Sentiments of a Ch. of England Man.


  1. Legislature

    A legislature is an assembly with the authority to make laws for a political entity such as a country or city. They are often contrasted with the executive and judicial powers of government. Laws enacted by legislatures are usually known as primary legislation. In addition, legislatures may observe and steer governing actions, with authority to amend the budget involved. The members of a legislature are called legislators. In a democracy, legislators are most commonly popularly elected, although indirect election and appointment by the executive are also used, particularly for bicameral legislatures featuring an upper chamber.


  1. legislature

    A legislature is a governing body of government with the power to make, change, or repeal laws. Through an established decision-making process, such as voting, the members of the legislature deliberate on various issues, formulate policies, and regulate public affairs. Legislatures can be unicameral, having one chamber, or bicameral, having two chambers, depending on the country's political system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Legislaturenoun

    the body of persons in a state or kingdom invested with power to make and repeal laws; a legislative body

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. lgislature.]


  1. Legislature

    A legislature is a kind of deliberative assembly with the power to pass, amend, and repeal laws. The law created by a legislature is called legislation or statutory law. In addition to enacting laws, legislatures usually have exclusive authority to raise or lower taxes and adopt the budget and other money bills. Legislatures are known by many names, the most common being parliament and congress, although these terms also have more specific meanings. In parliamentary systems of government, the legislature is formally supreme and appoints a member from its house as the prime minister which acts as the executive. In a presidential system, according to the separation of powers doctrine, the legislature is considered an independent and coequal branch of government along with both the judiciary and the executive. The primary components of a legislature are one or more chambers or houses: assemblies that can debate and vote upon bills. A legislature with only one house is called unicameral. A bicameral legislature possesses two separate chambers, usually described as an upper house and a lower house, which often differ in duties, powers, and the methods used for the selection of members. Much rarer have been tricameral legislatures; the Massachusetts Governor's Council still exists, but the most recent national example existed in the waning years of caucasian-minority rule in South Africa.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Lat. _lego_, to bring together, and _latro_, to bark or bluster; possibly from _lex_, law, and _latens_, unknown. Hence, a company of men brought together to bluster, or a company of law makers who know nothing about law.

Editors Contribution

  1. legislature

    A type of socialist unity government created and formed by representation from every socialist political party elected to government and a proportionate number of socialist independent politicians elected to government within a country or a form of local, regional, national, european or international unity government united and each represented in the unity government cabinet to work together to create legislation in order of the priority of optimum health, democracy, human rights, right to life, civil rights, ethical, fair, just and moral shared prosperity of all people in the country or area of unity governmental authority, stability, unity government, solidarity, cohesion, animal rights, right to housing, right to education, right to parent, right to free preschool education, right to a standard of living, right to internet access, economic stability, financial stability, equal rights, equal opportunities, employment rights, childrens rights, sustainable development, sustainable development goals, united partnership, multi-party working, community empowerment systems, equal distribution of income, wealth, fairness and justness across society, the country, europe and the world and contribute to the cocreation of global and national peace agreements, peace treaties, the universes truth and a fair, just and transparent system of checks and balances.

    The legislature are united in their efforts to create the world we all choose in our hearts knowing we are all on this earth together and are morally and ethically obliged to work together.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Legislature in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Legislature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Legislature in a Sentence

  1. House Lee Chatfield:

    The Legislature is the voice of the people, and the people of this state have very serious questions and concerns about how this pandemic is being handled by state officials. We hear about it every day from our constituents, families, friends and neighbors. The people we represent deserve answers, and this bipartisan committee will work hard every day to get them.

  2. Destin Hall:

    For the first time ever, the legislature voluntarily decided not to use election data in crafting the maps. We focused only on traditional criteria like keeping counties and cities whole. North Carolinians can be proud of what has been the most transparent redistricting process in state history.

  3. Drew Hammill:

    Yesterday, a fully vaccinated senior spokesperson in the speaker’s press office tested positive for COVID after contact with members of the Texas state legislature last week, this individual has had no contact with the speaker since exposure. The entire press office is working remotely today with the exception of individuals who have had no exposure to the individual or have had a recent negative test. Our office will continue to follow the guidance of the Office of Attending Physician closely.

  4. Michel Martelly:

    The weakness of our institutions and in particular the failure of the ... legislature, cannot and should not last. It is urgent to correct these deficiencies as soon as possible because the big loser in this crisis remains our Haitian nation.

  5. State Dave Scanlan:

    We don’t view President-Elect Trump’s statement as a negative, but think it will probably generate a healthy discussion in front of our state legislature come January.

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  • zákonodárný sbor, legislativaCzech
  • Legislative, gesetzgebende GewaltGerman
  • legislaturaSpanish
  • پارلمان, مجلسPersian
  • lainsäädäntöelinFinnish
  • corps législatifFrench
  • בֵּית מְחוֹקְקִיםHebrew
  • 議会, 立法府Japanese
  • នីតិបញ្ញត្តិKhmer
  • wetgevende machtDutch
  • corp legislativRomanian
  • законодательный орган, законодательная властьRussian
  • lagstiftande församling, legislaturSwedish
  • законодавча владаUkrainian

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. descant
    • B. abet
    • C. fluster
    • D. exacerbate

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